Leo Messi, very integrated to the PSG squad in his 2nd. practice


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Leo Messi, very integrated to the PSG squad in his 2nd. practice

The complicity that there was this Friday in Lionel Messi’s first open training session at PSG reflected his good integration with his new team, where he could be seen laughing with Neymar and close to the rest of the group, in which he is accompanied by compatriots like Leandro Paredes or Ángel Di María.

Messi had already contacted his new pitch at Saint Germain en Laye on Thursday behind closed doors, but the club opened this practice to the press on Friday, which brought together 60 accredited journalists.

The Argentine international was seen in the warm-up between Neymar and Mbappé, and in the subsequent round also close, among others, to Ander Herrera. In the exchanges between all the PSG players, you could hear both French and Spanish.

The press had been asked for the health certificate to access the venue, but fans were not allowed to enter.

At the beginning there were about twenty fans at the entrance of the installation, mostly young people, and also families with children.

Among those followers, the Spanish Rosa González. “We had taken a few days of vacation and it just coincided with the signing of Messi. If we can see him, delighted with life. Let’s see if he appears here and gives us joy. For us, he is the best player in the world,” he told EFE this “culé”.

The PSG training ground, christened Ooredoo in 2013, is located about 23 kilometers from the French capital.

With the arrival of Messi to the club, and except for last minute movements before the end of the market on August 31, the Parisian group is already complete.

Sergio Ramos, who joined on July 8 for two seasons, until June 2023, did not train this Friday with the rest because he continues with muscle discomfort in the soleus of the left thigh.

“The new galacticos”, headlines this Friday on the front page of the newspaper L’Équipe, for whom, with the Messi-Neymar-Mbappé trident, PSG recalls the Real Madrid of the early 2000s, with Zidane, Ronaldo and Beckham at the helm.

Kylian Mbappé has a contract until 2022 and has not yet renewed, although according to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, now that he has a competitive team at his disposal “there is no excuse” for him not to do so.

The Argentine forward had been presented this Wednesday as a new player and in that first appearance before the press, he said he was very excited to return to training and to start this new stage, after having spent 17 seasons at Barcelona.

The Parisian fans are also impatient. Even before his signing was confirmed, he waited for him at the airport, he also went to the field when he landed in Paris on Tuesday and sold out his shirt, with the number 30, in the first hours of sale.

PSG will face Strasbourg this Saturday. In the first league match, on August 7, the club began its journey in the 2021-2022 season of French Ligue 1 with a hard-fought victory with a 1-2 comeback against the recently promoted Troyes.

Messi is not scheduled to make his debut on Saturday, but PSG, according to its official channel on Friday, will present him to the fans in the Parc des Princes along with the other four signings of the summer: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum.


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