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Messi to PSG would’ve been a ‘dream’ move for Paredes

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There were a lot of talks that the Barca legend could relocate to the French capital, but such a move now no longer looks possible.

Lionel Messi joining Paris Saint-Germain would’ve been a “dream” for Leandro Paredes, who is disappointed that the move didn’t go through.

Messi was heavily linked with a move to PSG after he had handed in a transfer request at Barcelona last summer.

A number of figures associated with the Parisian club fanned the flames to keep up such rumors, with Neymar expressing his desire to reunite with his former teammate while club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi sporting director Leonardo also confirming their interest in the player.

The record six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future remains uncertain as he is currently a free agent, although he is expected to commit to fresh terms at Camp Nou. Messi has reportedly agreed to sign a new five-year deal and take a 50 percent pay cut so as to help his boyhood club in times of financial crisis.

“Yes, there was a lot of talk at the club when it emerged that Leo could come to Paris,” said Paredes, speaking to ESPN.

“It was a dream to imagine he could be with us next season. But hey, that didn’t happen.

“I hope he likes where he plays.”