Messi woos Griezmann, hopes Neymar stays in Paris

With Antoine Griezmann’s reported
transfer to Barcelona inching closer, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi
described the French striker as a “great player”, Spanish sports daily Mundo
Deportivo reported on Thursday.

“He is clearly a great player,” Messi said when asked about the Atletico
Madrid striker, although he said he was “not 100 percent sure” if the French
striker would make the move to Catalonia.

But Messi layed on the compliments for the diminutive No.9.

“Good players always have an understanding and he’s at an exceptional
moment in his career,” said Messi.

The Barcelona man told Mundo Deportivo he hoped Real Madrid’s pursuit of
Paris Saint Germain striker Neymar would come to nothing.

“The truth is that wouldn’t please me at all,” said Messi of the prospect
of meeting his former teammate in Madrid’s all-white shirt.