Lionel Messi agrees a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain as the World Cup-winning Argentina captain prepares to stay at the Parc des Princes until 2024 – ending talk of a possible Barcelona return – while also extending it including the option of another year.
Lionel Messi has reached a tentative agreement to renew his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, according to Guillem Balague.
Messi’s current deal with Paris Saint-Germain is set to expire next summer, which has recently led to talk of a possible return to Barcelona.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has publicly expressed his willingness to bring the World Cup-winning captain of Argentina back to the Nou Camp, but it is believed that Messi will remain in Paris for another year.
Lionel Messi has reached a tentative agreement to renew his contract with Paris Saint-Germain
Messi, who won the World Cup with Argentina last week, is set to stay at Paris Saint-Germain until 2024
It is understood he has agreed to a renewal that also includes the option of another year should he wish to stay at PSG until 2025.
“Everything is practically agreed upon with PSG,” Balague told BBC Sport. “Barcelona did not approach him or his father to offer anything.
So it’s not that Messi doesn’t want to go back to Barcelona. Didn’t ask the question.
Messi is happy with everything and when he returns from his vacation the agreement will accelerate.
Messi has spent the past 18 months at the Parc des Princes following his move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021
Now he is set to stay in place for another year after agreeing to extend his existing contract
It would be a blow to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who wanted to re-sign the star
“His life in Paris is balanced, happy, everyone is enjoying it and he has a real possibility of winning the Champions League again. In addition, it will help him be a candidate again for the Ballon d’Or.
Messi, who has spent the last 18 months at Paris Saint-Germain, finally got his fifth World Cup claim last week, scoring twice in Argentina’s victory over France.
The leading international award was the only honor missing from his legendary resume, which means he can now opt out of football having won it all.
Laporta will be disappointed to hear of his renewal with Paris Saint-Germain, having opened the door for the Barcelona icon to return for a second stint in Catalonia.
“On the subject of Messi, we cannot generate expectations,” Laporta told Barcelona TV. Messi is a player in Paris Saint-Germain and has a contract with them.
He won the World Cup and Culés was very happy. What I don’t want to do is generate too hard expectations right now.
“For us he is the best player ever, we’ve had him here and I’m convinced he has Culé at his heart and he will always be linked to Barcelona.
Whether he returns as a player or not, at the moment he is at PSG and we would very much like him to come back one day, but we will see.
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