Lionel Messi press conference LIVE: PSG unveil Argentine legend after move from Barcelona – latest updates

Lionel Messi is being unveiled by Paris Saint-Germain in a press conference today after completing his move to the club last night.

The 34-year-old Messi has signed a two-year deal with the option of a third, worth around €35m per year. He will wear the No30 shirt, the same number he wore when he first joined Barcelona.

Messi, 34, became a free agent on 1 July when his deal with Barcelona expired and had reached an agreement to extend his 21-year stay with the Spanish club. Messi leaves Barcelona having scored a record 672 goals in 778 appearances for the club, winning 10 La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues as well as six Ballon D’Or awards.

Messi’s official PSG debut could come in Ligue 1 on 14 August against Strasbourg, with kick-off scheduled for 20:00 BST at the Parc des Princes. Strasbourg have no points after their opening day 2-0 defeat by Angers.

If Messi is not ready to feature on Saturday, then he could be held back until next Friday, 20 August when PSG travel to Brest, with kick-off slated for 20:00 BST.

Follow live updates from Lionel Messi’s first press conference as a PSG player below.


Lionel Messi: What will he say at the conference?

Messi is just half an hour away from speaking to the press for the first time as a Paris Saint-Germain player.

The conference will be exciting for those fans in Paris but what exactly will the star say?

It may end up being another emotional one for the star as he had to leave boyhood club Barcelona to join PSG.

Villa prepare for post-Grealish era

Aston Villa still have their sights on European football but their ambitions have been slightly stalled by the departure of captain Jack Grealish.

The England star signed for Manchester City earlier this week for £100m – the record for a signing in the Premier League.

Now the Birmingham side have to build a future without their main man and we have looked at how they will do that:

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Messi’s conference coming up

Lionel Messi will face the press at 10am this morning after being announced as Paris Saint-Germain’s latest star yesterday.

The club teased the player throughout the afternoon before revealing he will wear the number 30 shirt this season.

We will be bringing you all the updates from the conference that is due to start in 40 minutes.

Corentin Tolisso has interest from several clubs

Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso has interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal.

The German club are said to be looking to raise funds to buy RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer.

They have valued Tolisso at €10m, according to Bild.

Messi’s Barcelona exit a football tragedy

The world of football was rocked when Lionel Messi announced he would be leaving his boyhood club.

Everyone knew he wanted to leave last season but for his departure to come when he wanted to stay was a cruel twist of fate.

While fans reeled from the shock, Miguel Delaney put together a piece to analyse how this happened and why:

Lionel Messi’s tearful Barcelona exit is a football tragedy after financial absurdity

An emotional occasion as the genius bids farewell and prepares for an unexpected move elsewhere

Chelsea’s season with Lukaku looks bright

The Premier League season is imminent and every club is trying to work out how they can take the title from Manchester City.

One of City’s biggest competitors this season is Champions League holders Chelsea, especially with Romelu Lukaku about to sign for the club.

We have put together a season preview for the Blues and how Lukaku may not be the star of the show.

Romelu Lukaku provides Chelsea with new attacking dimension but N’Golo Kante still holds the keys

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Messi ‘excited’ by PSG future

Lionel Messi took his first steps as a Paris Saint-Germain player yesterday and he said he is ‘excited’ by his future at the club.

For anyone who watched his emotional Barcelona press conference the sentiment that he is looking forward to playing in Paris could raise an eyebrow.

It’s clear he would rather be in Spain but with that being impossible, he is making the best of signing for PSG.

He said: “I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris St Germain. Everything about the club matches my football ambitions. I know how talented the squad and the coaching staff are here.

“I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes.”

Messi’s PSG press conference will take place today at 10am BST.

Lionel Messi excited by ‘new chapter’ after completing Paris St Germain move

The 34-year-old has signed a two-year contract, with the option of a third.

Odegaard deciding Real Madrid future

It was clear at the end of last season that Arsenal wanted to keep Martin Odegaard after his loan spell but the star had to return to Real Madrid.

The Gunners haven’t shut the door on the possibility of signing him but Mikel Arteta is waiting on the midfielder to make his mind up about his future at the Spanish giants.

He was left out of Carlo Ancelotti’s pre-season friendly against AC Milan which has raised doubts over how many minutes he will get this season, according to DefensaCentral.

And with Arsenal needing a much improved season, they will be hoping the star decides to leave Spain behind.

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‘No clarity’ on Tammy Abraham’s future

Thomas Tuchel had an eventful press conference yesterday as he was also asked about the future of Tammy Abraham.

The star has fallen out of favour under Tuchel and a move this summer looked likely. However, no contracts have been signed and so the manager was asked about the star.

He said: “I have no clarity on that and like I said earlier, I will not comment on the situation. Tammy is available, he is here with us and he is in the squad.

“What I will say about Tammy is that he did some good preparation matches, he was clearly not happy with how much he played in the last half year or so and maybe he has reason not to be happy with that.

“Maybe it was also my fault not to push him or trust him as much other players, and I can absolutely understand that he wants more minutes.”

Tuchel refuses to talk about Lukaku

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has refused to comment on the progress of Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to the club.

He was asked about the Belgian star in a press conference for their Super Cup match against Villarreal on Wednesday evening.

Tuchel said: “I am absolutely not in the position to announce anything and I will maybe refuse to talk about players who are not at Chelsea, as we are also in a matchday mindset.”

It’s thought Lukaku has had his medical and that he will be announced by the Blues later this week.

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