The future of Lionel Messi has been discussed by Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who also said they will talk about his contract in January.
Lionel Messi is “happy,” according to Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and wants to stay at the club past the conclusion of his current contract.
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.
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 into life in France.
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 another team interested in signing the Argentine, but despite rumors that a deal would be finalized by the end of the current campaign, Messi’s future is still up in the air.
Messi has carried over his stellar goal-scoring record from club level to his national team during the World Cup, but he is delaying making any decisions on his future until after the tournament.
He has now started scoring in three of his team’s four games so far after netting the first goal in the Round of 16 victory over Australia.
When asked this week about Messi’s desire to remain at PSG once his contract expires in June, the PSG president responded:
“Definitely. He’s very pleased; you can see that with the national team. If a player’s not happy, you will see their performance as not good for the national team.
He did incredibly well for us this season, contributing to both the club and the national team with numerous goals and assists, so we decided to sit down after the World Cup,” said the club president.
Last year, Messi struggled to learn French 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.
The player and the club’s board may have had disagreements about the player’s abrupt departure.
Argentina, the favorites to win Messi’s final World Cup, is currently doing well in Qatar with the help of the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.