Emiliano Martínez also wants to play alongside his national team-mate Lionel Messi at Aston Villa. The keeper of the traditional English club would be willing to forego salary for the PSG striker.
With regard to Messi’s difficult situation in Paris and his unclear future, Martínez agreed ESPN: “If Leo gets whistled at there, I want to bring him to Aston Villa. We’ll drink mate every day and make asado every weekend (a South American grilled dish, ed. ed.). People should make little flags for him and make sure he’s having a good time. I’ll take a pay cut if it’s necessary.”
Messi was last booed at PSG by his own fans. The Argentine’s contract on the Seine expires in the summer and an extension is unlikely. FC Barcelona, Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia and MLS club Inter Miami are trying to secure a free transfer for the 35-year-old. So far there have been no rumors about Aston Villas being interested in Messi.
Martínez and Messi are good friends. With the Albiceleste they won the World Championship in Qatar in December.
Messi and PSG are on the verge of winning the Ligue 1 title. One point is enough in Saturday’s away game in Strasbourg.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, are aiming to stay in the top 7 in the Premier League for the final two rounds and thus secure their place in the European Cup next season.