Mauricio Pochettino, the Paris Saint-Germain manager, has disclosed that he met with Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi and exchanged pleasantries after his team defeated the Spanish giants 4-1 in the Champions League round of 16 first leg tie earlier this week in Spain.
The PSG manager also said that he didn’t have any discussion with Messi about the 33-year-old’s future at Barcelona amid interests from PSG.
The current contract of Messi at Barcelona will expire at the end of the season, and PSG are the frontrunners for the Argentine captain’s signature.
Messi and Pochettino did cross paths immediately after the full-time whistle at Camp Nou, but the PSG boss is now saying that they only said ‘hello and goodbye’.
“With Messi, we just said hello and goodbye,” Pochettino told Spanish outlet Tot Costa de Catalunya, as reported by Sport.
“We did not talk about his future.”
In another development, Barcelona legend, Rivaldo, has asked Messi to leave Barca for PSG when his contract expires this summer.
“His [Messi’s] future will be PSG, even more so given his display at the Camp Nou. They are a team that can give him the option of continuing to win trophies.”
Recall that Joe Cole, a former Chelsea midfielder, condemned Messi, after the 4-1 defeat against PSG.