Lionel Messi set for PSG debut in opposition to Reims with Kylian Mbappe also in squad amid Genuine Madrid transfer chase

The Argentine celebrity has been named in compatriot Mauricio Pochettino’s 22-gentleman matchday squad for the Ligue 1 clash absent versus Reims at the Stade Auguste-Delaune (7:45pm BST kick-off) after constructing up his match physical fitness over latest weeks.

Kylian Mbappe is also in the squad for Sunday’s contest, regardless of currently being the subject of a second substantial supply from extensive-expression suitors Real Madrid ahead of the looming transfer deadline.

Messi shocked the soccer environment previously this thirty day period when he joined PSG on an preliminary valuable two-year offer that contains the alternative of a 3rd next the close of his illustrious 21-yr affiliation with Barcelona that brought 34 important trophies and 672 plans in 778 appearances.

Barcelona experienced agreed a new five-year agreement with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner that would have noticed him consider a 50 for every cent wage reduce at Camp Nou, but finally could not honour that offer because of to LaLiga’s salary restrict.

“He is really determined,” Pochettino not long ago explained of Messi, who has not played since Argentina’s Copa The us final gain around Brazil in Rio de Janeiro in July.

“He is a good skilled who is adapting really rapid to his new group-mates and to a new context.”