Jean-Clair Todibo revealed Lionel Messi is “protected” in training to avoid injuries.
The French defender secured a loan move to Schalke this month after spending less than a year at Camp Nou.
He will be looking to impress his new employers with what he has learnt playing against Messi. He told German publication, Bild, “I learnt a lot training with Messi and sometimes I even got the ball off him. But Messi is protected carefully because no one wants to injure him.”
The centre-back also explained how he came around to accepting a move to Schalke. He said, “I spoke with Harit on the phone. He was really enthusiastic about Schalke and that influenced my decision. I asked Rakitic about the club too.”
The defender reveals that he speaks to teammate Harit in French, Omar Mascarell in Spanish and the others in English. “I also know a few sentences in Germany because I have distant family from here.”
Lothas Matthaus said, “He’s the best centre back I’ve seen in a long time.” However, Todibo refuses the idea that such a statement could put any pressure on him. He replied, “It doesn’t bother me, I don’t feel under pressure. I want to be one of the best players in the world in my position.”
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