Lionel Messi urged to snub Premier League switch for "more comfortable" transfer

Lionel Messi has been urged to snub a move to the Premier League in order to make a "more comfortable" transfer.

The Barcelona captain will remain at the Nou Camp until his contract expires next summer when he looks likely to change scenery.

After spending his entire career in Spain the 33-year-old is looking for a new challenge with Man City appearing in prime position to complete a blockbuster transfer.

However Messi has no shortage of options from elsewhere and Argentina legend Jorge Valdano believes England would not be a good destination for his compatriot.

“I don’t know if the Premier League, which is super competitive, would be a good place for him to go," Valdano told Onda Cero ’s ‘El Transistor’ programme.

"Paris [Saint-Germain] would be more comfortable, more bearable for the last years of the career of a genius.

"He’s a very competitive player who knows how to time himself to stay sharp by playing games and who does not easily accept being a substitute waiting for the big moments."

A reunion for Messi with former boss Pep Guardiola at City looked to be on the cards this summer until it was clear Barcelona were standing their ground on Messi's contract.

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City had sent representatives to Spain to discuss a potential transfer but with Messi's release clause at £630million it was simply not possible to construct a deal.

Messi has in effect been forced to stay at Barcelona and much could change in the next year.

PSG have expressed interest in taking Messi to the Parc des Princes but the lure of moving to the French club could largely depend on whether Neymar and Kylian Mbappe stay put.

Winning the Champions League again is key to Messi's ambitions, but Valdano believes it is still possible for the forward to opt to stick with Barcelona beyond next summer.

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“I thought he would go to another league and it seems to be that it’s great news that he continues in La Liga,” he said. “He’s the best player in the world, not only because of the image he projects but because it is a pleasure to see a player of his type.

“I’ve no idea what’s going to happen as the season goes on, if it’s going to end up in a separation as Leo threatened in that fax or if things can recover. It will depend on the president, the results and the will of Leo, who will be 34 next year."

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