Is Pochettino under huge pressure at PSG after Messi arrival?
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Angel Di Maria has challenged his prodigal partner Kylian Mbappe to stay at the club amid links abroad – as he believes the Frenchman will be hard pressed to find a better team than Paris Saint-Germain.
Di Maria, who joined PSG from Manchester United in 2015 after a torrid spell in England, has won almost everything in the French capital, bar the UEFA Champions League.
Having joined the club just as they started to become a dominant European force – boasting Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva – the Argentine has always vied for Europe’s most prestigious competition.
But after the arrivals of Mbappe, Brazilian star Neymar and, of course, fellow countryman Lionel Messi in the last four years, only now are PSG starting to become recognised as continental favourites.
Mbappe has been linked with a move to Real Madrid next summer given that his contract expires in 12 months.
Having won the Ligue 1 title every year since his arrival, bar last year, it was rumoured Mbappe was looking for a new challenge.
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With only a small handful of clubs able to afford him, rumours surfaced that Los Blancos were the only team seriously interested.
But team-mate Di Maria has laughed off the rumours, confidently claiming that PSG are now the best side in the world following Messi’s arrival.
Speaking to ESPN, Di Maria is sure that the pacy youngster will stay, instead of swapping France for Spain.
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“Mbappe? I think he stays. It’s obvious that he’s a player that all the big teams want but with the team that PSG has now, I don’t think he’s going to leave,” Di Maria said.
“I don’t think he will find a better team anywhere.
“I’m more than happy. Everything I dreamed about happened in one month; winning the Copa America and being able to play with Leo in the same team. It’s what I’ve always wanted.”
Messi signed for Les Parisiens on Tuesday in a two-year deal, with an option for an extra year.
The playmaker, 34, scored 474 league goals in just 520 league games for Barcelona, cementing his status as one of the world’s best ever, if not the best.
But the financial crisis at Barcelona means that Messi has been told to find a new club.
La Liga regulations capping wages means that the Catalan club don’t have the funds to offer him a new contract, paving the way for his move to Paris.
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