Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are ready to face Montpellier in Ligue 1 on Saturday. Coach Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for a win this weekend as he prepares for a strong end-of-season period.
Meanwhile, Gerard Pique revealed that he cried when Lionel Messi left Barcelona. Elsewhere, the Parisians have entered the race for Frenkie de Jong. On that note, here’s a look at the key PSG transfer stories for May 13, 2022:
Gerard Pique reveals he cried when Lionel Messi left
Gerard Pique revealed that he cried when Lionel Messi left Barcelona last summer. The Argentinian has completed his move to PSG after leaving the Camp Nou. However, the 34-year-old has struggled to live up to expectations at the Parc des Princes, having scored just nine goals across competitions.
Messi’s presence failed to inspire the people of Paris in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, where they were eliminated by Real Madrid. However, the Argentinian player won the Ligue 1 title with PSG this season. Barcelona, meanwhile, are also struggling without their brightest star, although the return of coach Xavi has helped solidify their ship.
Pique has been accused of playing a role in Messi’s departure from the Camp Nou. However, speaking in a recent interview, the Spaniard revealed that he was saddened by the passing of the Argentine, saying:
“Messi is Barcelona’s best player. I always say we have Messi to win titles, but we also have to have a good team. A player cannot win the title. Lionel Messi is the best player in the history of the game. “
“I cried when Messi left Barcelona. I cried for him. Given the career he has had at Barça, it would be great if he stayed until the end of his career at the club. “
Pique also tried to explain the reason behind Messi’s departure from Barcelona:
“I can understand why Messi can’t renew. The club has suffered a lot economically because of the past president and the way he managed the club. But at the end of the day, these are the things that happen in life. Sometimes you make decisions and things don’t go as planned. For Barcelona and the fans, Messi is like a god, it would be great if he stayed. “
PSG joins race for Frenkie de Jong
PSG have entered the race for Frenkie de Jong, according to Barca Universal via Diario SPORT.
The Dutch midfielder is wanted by Manchester United and could leave the Camp Nou this summer. However, the Reds could face stiff competition from the Parisians for his signature.
The Ligue 1 champions are likely to discount the likes of Ander Herrera, Leandro Paredes and Georginio Wijnaldum this summer. The Parisians believe De Jong can be an upgrade on the trio and want him to partner Marco Verratti in midfield. However, Barcelona’s €100m valuation of the player could be an issue in any potential deal.
Gianluigi Donnarumma wants Parisians to choose between him and Keylor Navas next season
Gianluigi Donnarumma wants PSG to pick a permanent number one next season. The Italian has shared duties with Keylor Navas this season at the Parc des Princes.
Speaking to AFP, Donnarumma said the situation was difficult for both him and Navas.
“No, I think it certainly won’t happen, because I think the club will make the choice. We are two good people; We understand the situation, but it was difficult and for him, but let’s say we managed it well,” said Donnarumma.
The Italian also opened up about winning Ligue 1 with the Parisian, adding:
“It’s beautiful; it’s my first league title; I’m very happy, and it’s my first trophy in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt. I’m very proud to belong to a club great, very ambitious, always aiming higher.”
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