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Lionel Messi Is Reportedly Playing A Role In PSG Player Not Starting, He's Very Unhappy

Daniel Marland

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Lionel Messi Is Reportedly Playing A Role In PSG Player Not Starting, He's Very Unhappy

Gianluigi Donnarumma is reportedly unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain - with one stunning report claiming he's being kept out of the team by Lionel Messi.

Donnarumma arrived as a free transfer from AC Milan during the summer on the back of winning Euro 2020 with Italy.

However, he's only started two of PSG's ten games this season and is playing second fiddle to Keylor Navas.

According to Il Corriere della Sera per Football Italia, Donnarumma has been kept out of the team by a strong contingent of South American players.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

The group which includes Messi, Angel Di Maria, Keylor Navas, Marquinhos and Neymar, are reportedly big backers of the experienced Navas.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is described as an 'equilibrist' and bases his choices on the team's desires.

Not many teams have the strength in depth PSG have between the sticks, with Navas a three-time Champions League winner.

Pochettino has revealed he chooses his goalkeeper based on the game and has no set number one right now.

He said following Saturday's 2-0 win over Montpellier, which Navas started: "We had a very good game today. We were a strong team. I am very satisfied with the performance of the boys. We had different moments in the game but we did not. never suffered.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"The dualism between goalkeepers? I have always said and I repeat it. Before each match I decide whether Navas and Donnarumma will play."

It hasn't stopped Donnarumma being linked with a move back to Italy already however.

The 22-year-old is said to have interested Juventus who are interested in rebuilding their squad.

Another issue Pochettino will have to cope with is tensions boiling between Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Footage of Saturday's win showed Mbappe complaining to Idrissa Gueye about the Brazilian, who had just provided an assist for Julian Draxler.

"He (Neymar) does not give me that pass," RMC Sport claim Mbappe said.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Paris Saint-Germain, Football, Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Donnarumma

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