PSG’s Pochettino unsure of Messi debut date, denies Mbappe exit talk

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino says Lionel Messi will not make his club debut in Saturday's Ligue 1 game against Strasbourg.

Messi, 34, has had just two training sessions since joining PSG as a free agent on Wednesday after Barcelona were unable to complete his new contract. He won 10 LaLiga titles and four Champions League trophies during a 17-year long stint at Barcelona.

The Argentina captain will be presented along with the other summer signings to the fans at the Parc des Princes on Saturday ahead of the encounter but will not play.

Asked when Messi, who last played in a 1-0 victory over Brazil in the Copa America final on July 10, will make his debut, Pochettino said on Friday: "We have to take it one step at a time. The priority is that he feels well. A month ago, he played the Copa America final and he has to make his debut in the best conditions. But I've seen a very matured Messi, the player we all know. What I see is a Messi that is happy and with incredible energy."

Messi admitted he did not know when his first game with PSG will be.

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