Paris Saint-Germain star Leandro Paredes has been banned from speaking about Lionel Messi amid speculation linking the FC Barcelona star with a move to France.
Paredes sparked controversy in January when he claimed that PSG were actively courting the signature of countryman Messi, whose contract at Barcelona is set to expire at the end of the season.
However, the Argentine midfielder will no longer be speaking about the Barcelona star in future after he revealed that his club had banned him from discussing the topic with members of the media as a result of the fallout from his previous comments.
"They have asked me not to talk about it anymore," Paredes told Le Journal Du Dimanche h/t Marca.
"People didn't like my position on what I was saying. Some people saw it as disrespectful. This was not the case for me. "It's up to Messi to decide calmly at the end of the season what he wants to do with his future."
New reports emerged last week suggesting that Les Parisiens were "optimistic" that Messi could be convinced to move to Paris and that the club had already set aside the necessary funding to secure the six-time Ballon d'Or winner's services.
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