French club signs a Messi
Marseille - French second-division club Angers has offered a contract to Lionel Messi. Not that Messi, though.
Angers head of youth recruitment Axel Labatiniere said his club watched Lionel Messi Nyamsi, a 17-year-old central midfielder who was born in Cameroon, playing for Toulouse Fontaines in February and was struck by his natural ability.
"I spotted him playing a tournament in the south west of France," Labatiniere told The Associated Press by telephone on Tuesday. "We gave him a trial at Angers. He has a really good feel for the game. We've offered him a contract. He is considering it."
While Barcelona's Messi has scored 55 times this season for the defending European and Spanish champions and recently set a club all-time record with 235 goals, his namesake hopes to join a relegation-battling club languishing in 15th place in division two.
"I've had other offers but I think I'll end up at Angers," Messi was quoted as saying on French football website Chronofoot. "My greatest wish is to play alongside Leo Messi. I was born in Cameroon but I'm French. I would choose France."
Messi is still playing for Toulouse Fontaines.