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PSG: Mbappé welcomes "legend" Messi as star trains for first time

Kylian Mbappé took to social media to post a message for new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Lionel Messi as the Argentine joined training on Thursday.

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Mbappe welcomes 'legend' Leo as Messi trains for first time with PSG

Lionel Messi has been welcomed to Paris Saint-Germain by star team-mate Kylian Mbappé as the Argentine trained for the first time since joining the Ligue 1 club.

Messi this week sealed his stunning free transfer to PSG having left Barcelona.

The deal was completed on Tuesday, before the six-time Ballon d'Or winner faced the media on Wednesday. On Thursday, he was able to link up with his new team-mates.

Mbappé posts Messi welcome message on social media

On their official Instagram page, PSG posted a short video clip to their story showing Messi going through running drills.

Meanwhile, Mbappé – whose contract talks are now the club's chief focus – posted pictures of an embrace with the 34-year-old great.

"Welcome to Paris, Leo," he wrote, adding a further caption on his story: "Legend."

PSG teenager Pembélé leaves joins Bordeaux on loan

PSG are expected to move some squad players out to offset the cost of Messi's deal and a tentative first transfer was secured on Thursday.

Timothée Pembélé, the 18-year-old defender who featured six times in Ligue 1 for PSG last season, has joined Bordeaux on loan until the end of the season.

Bordeaux have the option to sign Pembélé permanently, too, with a PSG statement telling the teenager to "develop the qualities he has already shown".