PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino finds it "interesting" that Lionel Messi has been released after his forced departure from FC Barcelona.

Manchester City is not yet thinking about the Argentine star footballer.

Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are mentioned in various foreign media as Messi's new destination.

He has to leave FC Barcelona after 21 years, because the club cannot meet the strict financial rules of La Liga with the million-dollar salary of the attacker.

PSG coach Pochettino spoke to the media on Friday in the run-up to the start of Ligue 1, but the Argentinian was mainly asked questions about Messi at his press conference.

Despite frantic efforts, he couldn't avoid the topic of conversation.

"We are focusing on the start of the season," Pochettino replied when asked if he would like to sign Messi.

"The club is working hard on reinforcements for the new season. We know what happened yesterday. But our attention is fully focused on the opening game against Troyes."

"More than his position, a player of his caliber is interesting. The club is working on various options and solutions. Have I spoken with Messi, as English media report? I have not spoken with English media. Kylian Mbappe's departure."

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino thinks Lionel Messi is an "interesting" player.

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino thinks Lionel Messi is an "interesting" player.

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Guardiola sweeps reunification off the table

Unlike his Paris Saint-Germain counterpart, Pep Guardiola brushed aside a reunion with Messi at Manchester City.

The two worked together at FC Barcelona from 2008 and 2012 and celebrated great successes, including three national championships and two Champions League titles.

"We are not thinking of signing Messi, absolutely not," said Guardiola ahead of Saturday's battle with Leicester City for the Community Shield.

"After the transfer of Jack Grealish (for 117 million euros, ed.), we have already spent about 47 million euros during this transfer period, if you include the players sold."

"It was a surprise to everyone, as it was to me," Guardiola continued of Messi's departure.

"The president was clear why he has to leave. I haven't spoken to Lionel or the president, so I don't know what exactly happened."

"As a fan I am incredibly grateful to have been able to see the greatest player of all time. He has won trophies for Barcelona and helped me get a place at Bayern Munich and then Manchester City. He has created something unique."

"I want to thank him here for taking Barcelona to the next level. He dominated football with his mates for a decade. I wish him the best for the rest of his career."

Josep Guardiola (now Manchester City) worked with Lionel Messi for many years.

Josep Guardiola (now Manchester City) worked with Lionel Messi for many years.

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See also: Why FC Barcelona failed to sign Messi

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