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Pochettino: Espanyol were a whisper away from signing Messi

first_img “Very close, but it didn’t happen. In football it’s always like this, ‘yes, yes, yes’, but the reality of football is what happens, not what nearly happened.” 25/01/2016 Upd. at 19:30 Mauricio Pochettino responded with irony when Brendan Rodgers, former Liverpool coach, said his team came close to signing Dele Alli, a player who was at MK Dons, before joining Tottenham. CETcenter_img The Spurs boss said: “You know how many players were close to signing for a club? It’s just what one manager said. Dele Alli is here now.”  He added: “When I was at Espanyol, we were very close to signing Leo Messi. We were a hair’s breadth away from signing him. Incredible but true. He was 17 years old and played with the youth team and came close to signing for Espanyol. Sport ENlast_img

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