Lionel Messi has admitted to receiving “other offers” from “various clubs” after leaving Barcelona last summer before choosing to join Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi, 34, was available on a free transfer when his contract with Barcelona expired on June 30, after the LaLiga club’s precarious financial situation prevented them from registering a new deal.
Weeks of uncertainty followed before PSG announced the signing of Messi on August 11 to a two-year contract, with the option of a third year.
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“Barcelona issued a statement saying I was not going to continue, and from that point on I wondered where I was going to end up,” Messi told L’Equipe.
“I was lucky to be contacted by different clubs and one of them was Paris Saint-Germain. I am grateful to the club. They treated me well from the start. They showed that ‘they really wanted me.
“I had other offers, but I have to say that we came to an agreement quickly with PSG. It was not easy because everything had to be sorted out in a short time, practically overnight. . I was convinced by the project, the ambitions of the club, the players it has, the workforce. … All these factors. “
In February, ESPN reported that Manchester City were monitoring Messi’s situation, having insisted on signing Messi in the summer of 2020 when he tried to force Barcelona out using a clause in his contract.
Messi said a year later that he intended to stay at Barcelona before the club force the issue.
“My idea was to sign my contract and resume training right away,” he said. “I thought everything was okay and only my signature was missing. But when I got to Barcelona I was told that it was no longer possible, that I could not stay and that I had to find myself a other club. “
Messi scored his first goal for PSG in a 2-0 Champions League win over City on September 28.
PSG lead Ligue 1 with 24 points in nine games, despite a surprise 2-0 loss to Rennes last week. It was one of two league games that Messi has started so far.
“At first glance it’s a much more physical league than La Liga,” Messi said. “Most of the players are very strong. But it’s still early to give my opinion on Ligue 1. It’s one thing to watch the games, but it’s another to be on the pitch.”