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‘Messi will play wherever he wants’

Lionel Messi would be “the best in any league” and can shine if he moves to English football, according to former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino

‘Messi will play wherever he wants’ – Wantaway Barcelona star can shine at Man City, says Pochettino

The Argentine forward wants to leave Camp Nou this summer and he has been backed to make a big impact in the Premier League

Lionel Messi would be “the best in any league” and can shine if he moves to English football, according to former Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave following a dreadful season at Camp Nou where they lost the Liga title to and were thrashed 8-2 by in the quarter-finals. He is also unhappy with public comments made by president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the club’s failure to re-sign Neymar from .

As a result, several leading European clubs have been linked with a move for Messi, none more so than Premier League side Manchester City , managed by former Barca boss Pep Guardiola.

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Some have questioned the logic behind the move, given that Messi is 33, has never played in a professional league outside of and could cost as much as €700 million (£630m/$825m) to prise away from because of the gargantuan release clause in his contract.

However, Pochettino thinks that, if Man City do sign Messi, he will be a success in – or anywhere he ends up.

He told Ole : “Anything can happen. Messi will play wherever he wants; in Spain or the Premier League. He’s ready to be the best in any league.”

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