Lionel Messi has said he had many offers to consider, before he decided to join Paris Saint-Germain, because they showed they really wanted him this summer.
The 34-year-old also insists he is “very happy” to be at the Ligue 1 side and has no regrets over his choice.
Messi arrived at Parc des Princes in August having spent his entire career with Barcelona at club level.
It has been a somewhat mixed start to life in the French capital for the 34-year-old however – but reflecting on his first two months, the striker insists that it was still an easy call to head there.
“Barca issued the statement saying that I was not going to continue and from that point on I started to wonder how I was going to bounce back,” Messi told France Football.
“I had to find a new club to continue my career. I was lucky to be contacted by several clubs including PSG. I am grateful to the club because from the start they treated me very well.
“They showed they really wanted me and took care of me. I thank them because I am very happy today. I received other offers, but … we came to an agreement with PSG quite quickly.
“I was obviously won over by the project, the players it has, the quality of the group … all these elements made it easier to find an agreement.
“Knowing that I had friends in the locker room allowed me to tell myself that things were going to be simple for me to adjust. And I was not wrong, because it was very easy to integrate myself, especially because there are many players who speak Spanish like me.”