Despite interest from other clubs, including his former club Barcelona, Lionel Messi is willing to accept a new contract from Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi signed a two-year deal with the French team in the summer of 2021 after Barcelona was unable to renew the playmaker’s contract due to their financial problems.
Although Lionel Messi is about to sign a new deal with Paris Saint-Germain, it is improbable that he will conclude his career at the team due to continued external interest.
Messi has been avoiding calls from a negotiator who is close to Joan Laporta, the president of Barcelona. Laporta is keen for Messi to return to the Camp Nou, but so far his strategy hasn’t worked.
Attempts by Laporta to arrange a meeting with his former star player while attending the Ballon d’Or awards in Paris in October fell through.
Inter Miami of the MLS is also interested in signing the Argentine, although despite rumors that a contract had been reached at the end of the current campaign, Messi appears to be staying in Paris.
Next summer, when he turns 36, Messi will sign a new contract with the Parc des Princes. According to Marca, this will likely add another year to Messi’s current deal, extending his stay with the team until the summer of 2024.
The goal of PSG is to have fans link the Argentine superstar with their team rather than with Barcelona.
They are of the opinion that a third season could be pivotal in this regard and are content for him to retire somewhere else, provided it is not at Barcelona.
The team is believed to feel that Messi will hang up his boots later in his career and likely not in European football, with Major League Soccer being a possible destination for him in the future.
PSG, though, thinks that his “high-level” career will come to an end at Parc des Princes.
Even if he continues to play in the MLS or back in Argentina, they intend to sell his eventual departure from Paris as the end of his professional career at the highest level.
They have already begun to plan how they will handle the leaving process to improve PSG’s reputation.
Messi struggled to learn French last year while living in Paris with his young family, who were content with their life in Barcelona before the club was no longer able to renew his contract.
After a challenging first season in Paris, he has scored 12 goals and made 14 assists this season, and he has expressed his satisfaction at settling in to life in France.