Barcelona superstar could work well with Jose Mourinho, although it looks unlikely that he will ever move clubs, according to the player’s international teammate, and Manchester United ace, Angel Di Maria.
The pair, who both played starring roles in Argentina’s run to the 2014 World Cup final, enjoy a good connection on the pitch, and as a result it’s fair to assume Di Maria knows more than the average person when it comes to all things Messi.
Di Maria on Mourinho and Messi
The United winger, who moved to the Premier League last summer for a British-record £59.7 million, has claimed that his compatriot could thrive under Mourinho, who he himself played for whilst at Real Madrid.
"I don’t think Messi would have any problem working with Mourinho," Di Maria said in an interview with FIFA, as relayed by Goal.
"I don’t think Messi would have any problem working with Mourinho"
"But in principle, I don’t think Leo wants to leave Barcelona. It’s hard to walk away from a club that’s given you everything, where you effectively grew up."
Messi's Barca exit
Recent rumours have indeed inferred that the jewel in Barcelona’s crown could potentially make an exit from the Nou Camp, with different sources citing different reasons. If the 27-year-old record-breaker was to eventually take his leave of Luis Enrique’s squad there’s only a host of clubs who would be able to afford the incredible £500 million it’s believed it would take to land him.
With a £200 million release clause embedded in his current deal, and £300 million perceived to be how much his overall wages would cost, it’s unlikely any club could land him whilst also complying with Financial Fair Play rules. If it were possible then Chelsea are part of a select few who perhaps could.
Mourinho and Messi
Whilst Mourinho has already worked with Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at Real, he has never had the chance to coach Messi, and likely won’t should the Argentina captain remain at Barcelona.
There’s a distasteful history between The Special One and his former haunt, where he worked under the late Sir Bobby Robson as an interpreter, and his time with Los Blancos all but rules him out of ever managing the Blaugrana.
Yet to retire without managing arguably the greatest footballer who has ever lived would be a shame, and the introduction of Messi to his Chelsea project would certainly ensure that the chances of Mourinho's plans going swimmingly with regards to winning trophies were boosted.