Todibo On What He Has Picked Up Training With Lionel Messi

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.”

Todibo On What He Has Picked Up Training With Lionel Messi

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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