Tuchel says Messi welcome at PSG, but expects forward to stay at Barcelona

Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel says Lionel Messi is “very welcome” at the club – but expects the forward to remain at Barcelona, the BBC reports.

Tuchel’s French champions lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich in a tightly contested Champions League final on Sunday.

“What coach says no to Messi?” Tuchel told BT Sport. “I think Messi finishes his career in Barcelona. He is Mr Barcelona.”

It is thought Messi, 33, has never been closer to leaving the Nou Camp.

The Spanish giants’ season ended in a humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat by Bayern.

Messi is Barcelona’s all-time top scorer with 634 goals in 731 games and has won four Champions Leagues, 10 La Liga titles and six Ballons d’Or.

Qatari-owned PSG are among the few clubs in world football with the financial capacity to meet his buyout clause of 700m euros (£627.96m).

“We decided not to talk about transfers in this period,” said Tuchel. “We will sit together in the next days. We have many things to do to keep the level of the squad.”

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