PSG coach Thomas Tuchel says Lionel Messi ‘welcome’ to PSG but will not leave Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel says Lionel Messi would be welcome at the club if he ever decided to leave Barcelona, ​​but does not expect the Argentine forward to do so.

Spanish media reports have cast doubt on his future at Barcelona after a disappointing season that culminated in an 8-2 Champions League humiliation by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals this month.

“He’s very welcome. What coach says no to Messi?” Tuchel told BT Sport after his team lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Sunday.

“I think if Messi ends his career in Barcelona. He is Mr. Barcelona.”

Tuchel said PSG will need a deeper squad to cope with the demands of the short shift into the new season.

“We lost a lot of players for this season and now we lose Thiago Silva and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting,” he added.

“We need to use the transfer window now to expand the roster. The campaign will be very demanding without interruptions.

“We need to build a strong team. We decided not to talk about transfers in this period. We will sit down together in the coming days.”

The 2019-20 season of French Ligue 1 was canceled in March amid the coronavirus pandemic and the new campaign started over the weekend.

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