Lionel Messi: Jose Mourinho says only a team that 'doesn't respect FFP' could sign star

Mourinho has weighed in on Messi's situation

Lionel Messi found himself at the centre of the biggest transfer saga of the summer. 

The Barcelona legend wanted to leave Camp Nou but found himself blocked from doing so by the club. 

Messi claimed he was free to walk due to a clause that allows him to terminate his contract, but Barca argued that it had expired by the time he activated it and demanded his €700m buyout be paid.

To avoid dragging the club through court to settle the disagreement, the Argentine agreed to stay for another season.

After all, no club would be willing to pay that €700m release clause... would they?  

Well, according to Jose Mourinho, one might have tried.

The Tottenham boss has recently been discussing the Messi saga and claimed that only a team that 'doesn't respect financial fair play'. 

Mourinho weighs in on the Messi saga

When asked by JOE if Spurs had any interest in the Barcelona superstar, The Special One replied: 

"No, not for Tottenham. We respect the Financial Fair Play at Tottenham.

"He can only go to a team that doesn't respect Financial Fair Play, so it's not Tottenham for sure." 

That's not very subtle is it, Manchester City... we're looking at you. 

Mourinho, of course, is referencing the two-year European ban and £25m fine that their Premier League rivals were hit with back in February. 

Man City did manage to get that overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July, but it's clear Mourinho hasn't forgotten about it. 

Man City did get their punishment overturned

We'd love to hear Pep Guardiola take a swipe back, just to re-ignite that famous old feud the two managers had during their time at Real Madrid and Barcelona. 

But perhaps Pep's best response would be to sign Messi on a free next summer? 

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