RB Leipzig’s new teenage midfielder Ilaix Moriba admits he by no means discovered cease his former teammate Lionel Messi throughout coaching periods at Barcelona with the pair poised for a potential rendezvous within the Champions League.
Having made 18 appearances for Barcelona final season, Moriba, 18, signed a five-year deal for Bundesliga membership Leipzig on Tuesday.
Moriba’s ex-Barca teammate Messi stop the Spanish giants final month to hitch Paris Saint-Germain in a high-profile switch.
Leipzig have drawn PSG within the Champions League group levels and Moriba admits he learnt a lot from the Argentinian celebrity.
“In coaching periods, we by no means actually considered a technique to cease him,” Moriba stated throughout his first RB Leipzig press convention.
“After all, it’s any younger footballer’s dream to fulfill Lionel Messi. All the pieces that he does on the pitch is unimaginable and you may be taught a lot by watching him.”
Leipzig have a tricky Champions League opener ultimately season’s finalists Manchester Metropolis on September 15. They host Brugge a fortnight later earlier than dealing with Messi’s PSG away on October 19.
The German membership hosts PSG in Leipzig on November 3.
It was Messi who arrange Moriba’s first aim for Barcelona final March — a second the Spanish teenager describes as “unforgettable” — however that can be put apart if the pair face one another.
“It is not all the way down to us whether or not we’ll play towards one another within the Champions League, however in fact there are not any friendships on the soccer pitch,” stated Moriba.
“If it does occur, I am going to give my absolute all to achieve success.”