09/16/2021 at 11:30 AM CEST
Leonardo, ex-Brazilian footballer and current sports director of Paris Saint-Germain, gave an interview on ‘Canal + France’ in which reviewed several of the football news related to the Parisian outfit and for reveal some curious detail of a transfer market more than successful for the interests of the club of the gala capital.
Without a doubt, the most popular market operation and the sports director’s main success has been the incorporation of Leo Messi. In this interview, Leonardo took the opportunity to confirm the moment in which PSG takes the first step to take over the services of the Argentine star: “I cannot hide that we had contacts before. But always after January, when he was six months from the end of his contract. We never contacted Messi before January 2021.”, Leonardo detailed.
And, after the first contacts with the Argentine environment, Leonardo came to the conclusion that his idea was not to leave the Barça entity: “I think his idea was to stay in Barcelona. Honestly, he was clear that his wish was not to leave and maybe finish his career there”, confessed the Brazilian.
But it is known to all that the Barça-Messi agreement was broken. From this moment on, the PSG sports management activated the machinery to take over the player’s services as quickly as possible: “Then the story of Messi at Barcelona ended, and we arrived. The desire to come that he showed motivated us a lot to do so. To imagine a player like Messi wearing the PSG shirt is something huge and very beautiful, “concluded the French giant’s sports director.
A contract that, for Leonardo himself, it was made “perfectly”; without giving more details about the arrival of the Argentine during the transfer market. A player that Leonardo defines and summarizes in a few words: “I am getting to know him and he seems to me to be a very correct person, very serious and very specific”he declared.
Throughout the talk, the sports director also he was questioned about the other great issue of the Parisian transfer market, the possible departure of Kylian Mbappé to Real Madrid. And his answer once again discouraged Real Madrid fans, making it clear where Mbappé will play next season: in the Parque de los Príncipes. The sports director of PSG charged against Real Madrid and returned to the speech that “nobody thinks of a PSG without Mbappé”.