Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi has indirectly hinted why he could see himself playing for a club like Chelsea amid fresh transfer exit rumours from the French capital.
Messi, 34, nearly moved to west London in 2014 but decided to stay put in Catalonia at the time, but the Covid-19 pandemic coupled with poor management at Barcelona led to the club legend being forced out.
PSG were the club to pounce on the Argentine as they look to win their first Champions League title and despite a rosy start to his Parisians career that has seen the GOAT score five goals in five group stage games in the biggest European competition in club football, numerous factors have caused a bit of a rift between the seven time Ballon d’Or winner and manager Mauricio Pochettino.
According to the Independent, PSG’s number 30 had tested positive for the new Omicron variant and third parties had informed Pochettino on this said development, which inadvertently led to former player Jerome Rothen labelling Messi as disrespectful for his conduct in this example.
“You must always respect your coach, this is what I was taught in Clairefontaine,” Rothen told Radio Montecarlo. “The coach must be above everyone else, it does not matter if it is a star or a youth player – the boss must be the head of the time.
“Pochettino was not updated as to where Messi was, and that explains a lot of things. This is not a good thing and I think it is very shocking from Messi.
“Pochettino is being disrespected by Lionel Messi. The coach must be the strong man, the one who shows the real values. The only one who strongly respects him, in my opinion, is Kylian Mbappe and I do not sense anything with the other players.
“If you don’t respect your coach then you cannot be successful. PSG has suffered a lot from this in recent years.”
“Messi will always miss the ‘modus vivendi’ he had in Barcelona,” the Belgian told El Chiringuito TV programme via the Mirror.