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Messi Yet To Make PSG Debut After Mauricio Pochettino Leaves Him Out of The Matchday Squad

Lionel Messi, the Argentine superstar, signed a two-year, $83 million contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) earlier this month after his 21-year affiliation with his boyhood club Barcelona came to an end due to the club's mounting debt, which has already reached a staggering $1.5 billion.

Six-time winner of the Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi, makes his long-awaited debut with the French champions. PSG's season has been further delayed after the 34-year-old was left out of Mauricio Pochettino's squad for their match against Brest, according to reports on Friday from Sputniknews and ESPN. Photo Credit: Sputniknews

Messi did not play in PSG's 4-2 win over Strasbourg last weekend, as he continues to focus on improving his fitness in the French capital.

Pochettino's decision to leave Messi out of the squad is based on the fact that the superstar made a late return to training after winning the Copa America title with Argentina in July, and that he had had an extended vacation following the victory. Photo Credit: Sputniknews

Apart from Messi, his good friend Neymar will also be absent for the encounter against Brest on Friday night. The Brazilian playmaker, like Messi, has only recently returned to the field of play.

Although Pochettino refused to say whether or not Messi would make his debut during a news conference on Thursday, the anticipation around the iconic striker had reached record heights. Messi is expected to make his debut against Real Madrid on Sunday. Photo Credit: Sputniknews

"We haven't decided on a starting lineup yet. The possibility of Messi being a part of it will be evaluated. " According to the Argentine manager, "Everything is in a positive frame of mind. There is a positive attitude in the squad, and [Messi] has adapted well and swiftly to his new surroundings. There is a really positive vibe in the air." Pochettino was brought on board.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino also broke his silence on the rumors going about about French World Cup champion Kylian Mbappe's possible transfer to Real Madrid. Photo Credit: Sputniknews

In the words of Pochettino, "Mbappe is our player, and I want him to be here this season." "He has one more year left on his contract with the company. It doesn't matter if he doesn't renew his contract; he is still a PSG player, and we are extremely satisfied with him. From what I understand, he is also delighted with us. "

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