Agreement in principle between Lionel Messi and PSG on extension

It was the strong trend of the last few weeks, it was soon to become reality. Lionel Messi has agreed in principle to stay at least one more year at Paris-SG, as it was revealed on Wednesday the Parisian. The Argentine (35) is currently in the country celebrating with mad jubilation the title of world champion won by his team on Sunday (3-3, 4-2 loss against France), but this verbal exchange would date back to the beginning of the month in Qatar, where the president of PSG, Nasser al-Khelaïfi, met Jorge Messi, the father of the player.

For months, Parisian leaders had validated the idea of ​​extending the contract of the former Barcelona man, who was linked until June 2023, with an extra year as an option that can be activated if both parties agree. Ideally, they would have even wanted to sign a new commitment before the World Cup, but this was not the wish of the player who was eager to concentrate on the event organized in Qatar, the last major title missing from his list. .

The duration and the financial conditions have yet to be negotiated

In the club’s statement, it is clarified that there are “no change from the president’s last statements”, and that discussions are scheduled for early 2023 to move the file forward. A few days ago, before the World Cup final, Al-Khelaïfi was tested positive, with Gazzetta dello Sport (“No decision will be made before the new year, but we are very happy and so is Leo”) and RMC (“I think he will stay. Is it going to happen? We’ll see, there’s one game left.”).

To date, no formal agreement has actually been established, neither the exact duration of this new lease nor the financial terms. Although the capital club has to deal with a complex financial situation (370 million euros in losses for the financial year 2021-2022), we can imagine that completing the deal will not be the most difficult. Especially since the club has benefited a lot from his arrival, especially in terms of image and marketing. But also sporty.

His family is doing well in Neuilly-sur-Seine

After a difficult first season, where he had to cope with the first club change of his career and acclimatise to a new environment at all levels, Messi has found his stride. He signed a first-class first half of the season (12 goals and 14 assists in 19 games, all competitions) and the planetary crown won in Qatar will not make him change his mind about the choice he had done in the summer of 2021 by joining Paris.

Also on a private level, his wife and children have been doing well since their installation in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine), an element far from being secondary for this stay-at-home father.

It now remains to conclude the agreement with a player who has meanwhile become a world champion, while Barça has always entertained the idea of ​​a return and that he had been given the desire to discover MLS with ‘Inter Miami.


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