PSG ‘will resume talks on Lionel Messi’s contract after World Cup’ after Barcelona president Joan Laporta discussed sensational return for Argentine star
- PSG resume talks about contract extension with Lionel Messi after World Cup
- The French giants want to fend off Barcelona’s interest in a possible return
- Messi only wants to talk about his future after representing Argentina in Qatar
- Ligue 1 leaders will also hold contract talks with other players, a report said
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PSG will resume talks to extend Lionel Messi’s contract after he returns from leading Argentina at the World Cup, according to a report – to try to fend off Barcelona interest.
The 35-year-old star left the Nou Camp for Paris last summer and has played 52 times for the Ligue 1 champions, scoring 23 goals.
However, Barcelona president Joan Laporta said earlier this week that Messi was always welcome to return to the Catalan giants, and it has sparked a spate of rumors that he might return to his old club.
PSG will offer Lionel Messi a new contract on his return from Argentina at the World Cup
Now Mundo Deportivo has reported that PSG have expressed the intention to extend Messi’s contract in the French capital once talks resume after the World Cup.
They reportedly wanted to extend his contract, which expires in June 2023, for another two years.
Messi has called for negotiations to be postponed until he has represented his country in Qatar, in what will likely be his last appearance on international football’s biggest stage.
Club president Joan Laporta had previously said: ‘Leo knows Barcelona is always his home’
The desire to sign a new contract comes shortly after Laporta, 60, hinted at a possible comeback for Messi at Barcelona, with the Argentine playing 778 games for the club over two decades and becoming their most decorated player.
As Sportsmail revealed at the time, Laporta reportedly said: ‘Messi’s return to Barca in 2023? Leo knows Barcelona is always his home.”
PSG will have a busy time in the boardroom as they try to deal with renewing contracts for some of their stars, the report said.
PSG look set to offer midfielder Marco Verratti an extended contract until the summer of 2026
It looks like his contract will be extended until 2026 from midfielder Marco Verratti and the French club hopes to close this deal with the Italian official before Christmas. He joined the club in 2012 and if he doesn’t stick to the reported new contract, he would have spent 14 years with the French giants.
Sergio Ramos and Presnel Kimpembe will also extend their PSG deals in the coming months.
PSG top Ligue 1 going into the six-week World Cup hiatus, and have also made it to the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face German giant Bayern Munich.