‘We All Want Messi To Come To PSG!’ – Paredes

'We All Want Messi To Come To PSG!' - Paredes 5

Leandro Paredes has supported Neymar’s call for Lionel Messi to move to French side, Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi made one push for the exits over the summer as he sought to take on a new challenge and bring his career-long association with the Blaugrana to a close.

His path was quickly blocked, leading the 33-year-old to reveal to Goal that he will be honouring his contract.

That deal is due to come to a close in the summer of 2021 and, with no extension agreed, he will be free to speak with interested parties from January.

Few sides in world football could afford to finance a move for Messi, or match his ambition, but PSG form part of an elite club.

Premier League heavyweights Manchester City also fall into that category, and have seen a move for a modern-day icon mooted, but Paredes hopes a fellow countryman can be tempted to the French capital.

He told ESPN: “Messi at PSG? I hope so, we all want him to come but it will be his decision.

“We have an incredible squad, good players, good people, we take advantage of that.

“As I have said, I hope Leo will make the best decision for him, but we will welcome him with open arms.”

Neymar, who spent four productive years alongside Messi at Barca between 2013 and 2017, had already stated his desire for Messi to make a move to PSG prior to Paredes joining the conversation.

The Brazilian forward said after finding the target in a 3-1 Champions League win over Manchester United: “What I want the most is to enjoy playing with him again.”

When asked where that reunion would occur, Neymar said with a laugh: “He can play in my role, it wouldn’t be a problem with me!

“For sure, next year we have to do it.”

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