Sources: Messi agrees two-year PSG deal

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A tearful Lionel Messi has stated his subsequent transfer will not be confirmed however he’s speaking about plenty of issues, amid hypothesis he’s set to affix Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Barcelona.

Barca announced on Thursday that Messi, a free agent since his contract expired in June, is not going to rejoin the membership due to monetary issues.

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Messi, 34, had reached an settlement to signal a brand new five-year contract at Camp Nou, extending his 21-year hyperlink with Barca, however he’s now set to affix Paris Saint-Germain, with sources telling ESPN that Messi has been provided a three-year deal by the French membership.

“The reality is I do not know what to say,” Messi, who was in tears, stated. “In these previous couple of days I’ve been pondering, giving a number of thought to what I might say. The reality is that I am unable to consider something. That is actually troublesome for me after so a few years, being right here my whole life. I am not prepared for this.

“Truthfully, final yr, all the mess with the burofax, I used to be satisfied I knew what I wished to say. This yr will not be the identical. My household and I had been satisfied we had been going to remain, that is what we wished greater than something. We had been at house. Now I’ve to say goodbye to all of this. I’ve been right here so a few years, my whole life, since I used to be 13. After 21 years, I’m leaving with my spouse, with my three little Catalan-Argentine youngsters. I am unable to say that we cannot come again as a result of that is our house and I promised my youngsters that.

“I am actually grateful to my teammates, my former teammates. Everybody on the membership. So many individuals, even some who we have now solely met just a few occasions. So many stunning issues have occurred at this membership, some dangerous issues, but it surely’s all helped me enhance and turn into the individual I’m right this moment. I’ve all the time given every thing for this shirt. I by no means imagined leaving this manner, I imagined it with individuals within the stadium, the final cheers, however we have not been in a position to play with followers due to the pandemic.

“It has been troublesome to not have the followers right here, to listen to them shouting my title. I depart with out seeing them for a yr and a half. I might have imagined Camp Nou full, near the followers… saying goodbye correctly. Nevertheless it needs to be this manner. I wish to say once more, I’m so grateful for all of the love I’ve acquired right here. I hope I can come again and be a part of this membership in any means, to assist this membership be the perfect on the earth. Forgetting so many issues … however that is all I can say proper now.”

Of his future, Messi added: “That’s one chance [PSG]. There’s nothing closed in the intervening time however we’re speaking about plenty of issues. After Barca’s assertion, plenty of golf equipment confirmed an curiosity. However nothing closing, though there are talks, in fact.”

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