Lionel Messi has already delivered his verdict on Chelsea amid PSG transfer exit rumours
Chelsea transfer news: Lionel Messi has already indirectly hinted at his admiration for the Blues with his previous Champions League admission amid PSG exit rumours
Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi has indirectly hinted why he could see himself playing for a club like Chelsea amid fresh transfer exit rumours from the French capital.
Messi, 34, nearly moved to west London in 2014 but decided to stay put in Catalonia at the time, but the Covid-19 pandemic coupled with poor management at Barcelona led to the club legend being forced out.
PSG were the club to pounce on the Argentine as they look to win their first Champions League title and despite a rosy start to his Parisians career that has seen the GOAT score five goals in five group stage games in the biggest European competition in club football, numerous factors have caused a bit of a rift between the seven time Ballon d'Or winner and manager Mauricio Pochettino.
According to the Independent, PSG's number 30 had tested positive for the new Omicron variant and third parties had informed Pochettino on this said development, which inadvertently led to former player Jerome Rothen labelling Messi as disrespectful for his conduct in this example.
“You must always respect your coach, this is what I was taught in Clairefontaine,” Rothen told Radio Montecarlo. “The coach must be above everyone else, it does not matter if it is a star or a youth player – the boss must be the head of the time.
“Pochettino was not updated as to where Messi was, and that explains a lot of things. This is not a good thing and I think it is very shocking from Messi.
"Pochettino is being disrespected by Lionel Messi. The coach must be the strong man, the one who shows the real values. The only one who strongly respects him, in my opinion, is Kylian Mbappe and I do not sense anything with the other players.
“If you don’t respect your coach then you cannot be successful. PSG has suffered a lot from this in recent years.”
On top of this, Atletico Madrid star Yannick Carrasco has predicted boldly to the Spanish media that he expects the GOAT to leave Paris if they aren't to win the Champions League this season.
"Messi will always miss the 'modus vivendi' he had in Barcelona," the Belgian told El Chiringuito TV programme via the Mirror.
"If he succeeds, which means winning the Champions League, he could extend his stay for another year.
"If PSG don't win the Champions League then this year is going to be a long one.
"I don't think he regrets his decision in a sporting sense, but on a personal level he realised (he made a mistake)."
Expectedly, if things were to unravel and continue in a downward trend for the Argentinean international, what would be next for him in his twilight years- a return to his home country perhaps, or how about a shock move to the Premier League?
We already know that Roman Abramovich and Thomas Tuchel would be huge fans of seeing this move come to fruition but for Messi himself, the Blues possess one thing in particular that would attract him to a potential transfer to the English capital- Champions League pedigree.
In fact, the Barcelona legend has already waxed lyrical about Tuchel and his team in this season's Champions League with his admission at the start of the season, namechecking the two times winners as one of his favourites for the 2021/22 crown.
"I think it is my biggest target and the club’s," Messi told beIN Sports at the start of the 2021/22 season on the Champions League.
"They have bee looking to win the Champions League and they have been very close. I think it is their main target. We are one of the main candidates, but not the only one.
"Everyone is talking about PSG because of the players, but other clubs have been working together for years and have also signed good players, like Man United, Man City, Bayern, Liverpool, Atletico and Chelsea.
"There are plenty of clubs who can win the Champions League, it is a very difficult competition and the best team doesn’t always win it.
"You need a lot of things to win it, everything is possible and we are one of the candidates, of course."