Pochettino: I want to return with Messi


Mauricio Pochettino rejected the chance to manage FC Barcelona recently, but he's now come out to state he wants to return to his former club with Lionel Messi.

Pochettino was said to be Barcelona's first-choice option to replace Ernesto Valverde in January but opted to reject the offer due to his affiliation with cross-town rivals Real Espanyol.

It was also suggested that the former Tottenham head coach raised concerns over the manner Valverde was forced out and the rushed manner of his potential mid-season appointment.

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Quique Setien eventually took over the reins as the club's fourth-choice option when club legend Xavi Hernandez and Ronald Koeman also rejected approaches from sporting director Eric Abidal.

But now Pochettino has openly admitted his desire to work with their club captain, albeit within a different environment than the iconic Camp Nou.

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"I want to return to Newell's [Old Boys] with Messi," he was quoted as saying, speaking to Radio de Plata.

"I can still wait, [for an opportunity with Newell's] and the best [possible scenario] would be in 10 years with Messi.'

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He went on to discuss the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which many suggest could be the final chance for the record six-time Ballon d'Or winner to secure the most coveted title in football.

"I hope he arrives at a great moment, age gives him [this]," he said. "His presence will be a recognition of the generation that deserved something more.

"Argentina is going to come well [equipped] to fight for the World Cup."