It is no more news that Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain have not hidden their desire to have Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in their ranks. The Argentine’s contract at the Camp Nou expires in the summer and PSG is one of his likely destinations if he doesn’t commit to the Catalans.
However, recent developments show that PSG have decided to put a gag order on their players to stop them from discussing a possible transfer for the Barcelona legend.
This was made known by PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes who disclosed that the club told him to stop any discussions on his fellow Argentine in public.
It can be recalled that other PSG stars like Angel di Maria and Neymar openly stated that they would like to have Messi join them at the Parc des Princes.
A report by Marca, stated that Paredes had an interview with French media outlet Le Journal Du Dimanche and part of his conversation was as follows:
“They have asked me not to talk about it anymore.”
“People didn’t like my position on what I was saying. Some people saw it as disrespectful. This was not the case for me,” he continued.
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has previously slammed PSG players for being disrespectful because they spoke about Lionel Messi ahead of the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 clash between the two sides. The Ligue 1 giants went on to eliminate Barcelona from the competition.
“It’s up to Messi to decide calmly at the end of the season what he wants to do with his future,” said Paredes, admitting that the player has the final say and that his opinion doesn’t count.
Meanwhile, newly-elected Barcelona president Joan Laporta is confident that he can convince Messi to remain at Camp Nou. Koeman is also of the belief that things have turned around at the club for Messi to reconsider his decision to jump ship.
Reports are also rife that Barcelona have made an offer for Messi’s compatriot Sergio Aguero as his contract with Manchester City expires in the summer.