Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at
Manchester City by insisting that Tottenham couldn’t have signed Lionel Messi because they “respect Financial Fair Play” and the Argentine won’t make his first eleven.
It would be recalled that Messi made headlines across the world last month after handing in a formal transfer request at Camp Nou at the end of a disastrous 2019-20 campaign.
The Argentine sought to activate the release clause in his contract which allows him to leave Barca on a free transfer at the end of any season, but the club blocked his departure with the support of La Liga .
Mourinho couldn’t resist another aiming another dig at the Blues during a promotional video for Top Eleven, insisting that although Messi would make his final team, Spurs would not be willing to break any rules to try and bring him onto their books.
Asked if he would like to sign the Barca superstar, the 57-year-old told JOE: “For my Top Eleven team? No, not for Tottenham. Just for Top Eleven.
“We respect Financial Fair Play at Tottenham.
“He can only go to a team that doesn’t respect Financial Fair Play, so it’s not Tottenham, for sure”.
Lionel Messi have since return to Barcelona training ground as he hopes to continue his legacy as one of the best player the club has ever seen.