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Lionel Messi has already made opinion clear on Premier League move as PSG exit confirmed

Joe Adams

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Lionel Messi has already made opinion clear on Premier League move as PSG exit confirmed

Lionel Messi's comments about a potential move to the Premier League have resurfaced after Paris Saint-Germain confirmed he would leave the club.

Messi moved to the French capital in 2021, leaving his boyhood club Barcelona on a free transfer.

The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has since netted 32 goals in 74 appearances for Les Parisiens, scoring the all-important goal in PSG's 1-1 draw with Strasbourg to lift the Ligue 1 title.

However, their game against Clermont Foot on Saturday will be the 35-year-old's last, with PSG boss Christophe Galtier confirming the news in a press conference on Thursday.


"Clermont Foot will be Messi’s final game at PSG," said Galtier. "I had the privilege of coaching the best player in the history of football. It will be Leo’s last match at the Parc des Princes."


There has been plenty of speculation as to where Messi will go next, with a reunion at his beloved Barca on the cards.

While there have also been suggestions that the World Cup winner could join Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal and reignite his long-term rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo.


But one place it doesn't look like he'll be going this summer is England, with Messi previously stating he "cannot see" himself playing there.

What did Messi say about the Premier League?

When quizzed about the possibility of a move to England way back in 2010, Messi was quick to dismiss the idea.

"I don't even think about that. Barcelona is my life, they have brought me to where I am today and I could not leave," the Argentinian said.


"I don't want to leave. I know the Premier League is very good and I watch the matches on TV when I get the chance.

"I admire the strength of the players, it is very English - they play to the end, with a lot of spirit and determination, and the fans are very good and fair.

"But for me, I cannot see myself playing in England because my heart is with Barcelona, always. They are a great club - I love the club, the people, everything."

Messi was heavily rumoured with a move to Manchester City to reunite with with former coach Pep Guardiola in 2021.


However, the pair got their timing wrong, with Guardiola opting to sign Jack Grealish, and Messi joining up with Neymar instead.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Lionel Messi, Football, Premier League, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Transfers

Joe Adams
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