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Jorge Valdano: Leo Messi’s departure to PSG hurts Real Madrid

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Former Real Madrid director general, Jorge Valdano, has disclosed that Lionel Messi’s departure to PSG hurts the Los Blancos.

Messi left Barcelona this summer to join the Paris club in a two-year deal.

Valdano in an interview with El Pais said that La Liga will never remain the same without Messi.

“There’s the feeling that Barcelona just didn’t have the money to pay Messi. An illusion was created, and because everything happened so fast it seemed like he’d been kicked out. In a game where identity is so important, getting rid of a legend like him isn’t just painful, it’s inexplicable.

“Him leaving also damages Real Madrid a lot, because teams are also measured in terms of their rivals. Simply put, Messi will go down as a footballing genius, but he won’t just have belonged to Barcelona, which is quite sad.”

Valdano then commented on Los Blancos’ summer bid to sign Kylian Mbappe.

“He’s got a season left [on his PSG contract]. He’ll be a free agent and it’ll be down to him, not the club,” he said.

“We have to assume that if Madrid contact him that he’ll at least respond.”

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