Argentina attacker Angel Di Maria expects Messi to flourish next season at Paris Saint Germain under a new manager with the departure of Mauricio Pochettino now imminent.
Angel Di Maria announced after the season that he will be leaving Paris Saint Germain after spending seven years at the Club. There were reports this week that Di Maria and his entourage had a crunch meeting with Italian giant Juventus over a potential move to the Old Lady of Serie A.
Barcelona is also reported to be monitoring the situation of Angel Di Maria. according to the reports, Xavi Hernández sees the 34 years old as the replacement of Ousmane Dembélé. Di Maria made 295 appearances for Paris saint Germain scoring 92 goals in the process.
Lionel Messi joined Paris Saint Germain last season on a free transfer after La Liga’s financial fair play rules prevented Barcelona from renewing the contracts of the seven times Ballon D’or winner. Messi’s arrival at Paris Saint Germain was seen as the year Paris Saint Germain finally will win the Champions League but it wasn’t the case.
Paris Saint Germain was eliminated in the round of 16 by eventual winner Real Madrid. Messi’s first season at Paris Saint Germain was viewed as a failure because of the standards he has set for himself during his time at Barcelona. Messi scored 11 goals and provided 15 assists last season with all the 15 assists coming in the French Ligue One.
Di Maria may not be the only one leaving Paris Saint Germain this season. Paris Saint Germain Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has been reported to be sacked this summer and AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho has been linked as the potential replacement for Mauricio Pochettino.
However, Di Maria believes Messi will have a great season under a new coach at Paris Saint Germain.
What did Di Maria say about Messi’s Paris Germain future?
In an interview with Tyc Sports, Angel Di Maria said: “It seems like they also want Pochettino to leave.
“There will be a very big change, but I think Messi can handle it.
“It will help him to be much better next season. I think he will start very well because he ended up contributing goals, giving assists, feeling very comfortable, and adapting more and more late this past season.”
Angel Di Maria continued: “There are other players who will surely leave.
“Mine was the easiest because they didn’t have to renew me. On the one hand, it hurt and on the other, it didn’t.
“I left in a very special way. It was an unforgettable night, that an Argentine in another country has a farewell like mine, not everyone does it. The affection of the PSG fans, the ones behind the goal, is the most difficult thing to achieve.
“That I go outside, that they sing for me alone and make a mural for me to sign are things that remain in the memory.”
Lionel Messi is currently on international duties with Argentina, helping them win the Finalissima and scoring five goals in their friendly match against European minors Estonia.