Damm! Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe have been named in Paris Saint-Germain’s 22-man squad to face Reims on Sunday night. Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe PSG.
It could be Messi’s first appearance as a PSG player since arriving at the Parc des Princes earlier this month, while Mbappe could feature despite feeling he is being kept at the club against his will, following Real Madrid’s two bids for the forward.
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Messi concluded his 21-year association with FCB at the start of August and left as a free agent because the Catalonia club was unable to fulfil their offer of a new contract. The Argentina international then signed a two-year deal with PSG after an emotional farewell at the Nou Camp.
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The 34-year-old did not undergo a pre-season but has been training with Mauricio Pochettino’s squad to regain his fitness after enjoying an extended summer break following his country’s triumph in the Copa America cup.
He was presented to supporters, along with PSG’s other summer signings Achraf Hakimi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio Wijnaldum, at their first home game of the season, a 4-2 win over Strasbourg.
Pochettino said: “He [Messi] is very motivated. He’s a great professional who is adapting very fast to his new teammates and to a new context.”
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