Paris Saint-Germain is “currently discussing” the extension of the contract of its star Lionel Messi, whose contract expires in June, and the football advisor to the Parisian club, Luis Campos, confirmed that he would be “happy” that the Argentine “can continue” in Paris Saint-Germain.
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“We are in a discussion. I cannot hide it, I would like to be involved with him in this project, so that he can continue with us,” the Portuguese leader said in an interview with the magazine. Telefoot Sunday broadcasted the French channel TF1.
He continued, “I would be happy if he continued, but at the moment we are discussing trying to reach the goal, and continuing to have Leo Messi with us.”
At the age of 35, the seven-time Ballon d’Or must decide what his future will make of, a few weeks after he finally reached the Holy Grail of coronation at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Messi joined Paris in 2021, for two seasons (plus one optional), after spending his entire career with FC Barcelona.
Campos welcomed the participation of the young Argentine striker in the Parisian project, citing his performance in Montpellier on Wednesday in the French First Division (3-1), with a goal at stake.
“In the first half, I said to him: ‘Leo, you have to train all the others with you,'” said PSG’s sporting adviser. “He said, ‘Calm’ and he had an exceptional second half of the match.” .
The form of Messi, still top scorer on Saturday against Toulouse (2-1), is good news for Paris ahead of the European shock against Bayern Munich on February 14, which Kylian Mbappe will miss due to injury.
Campos, who is very close to the striker, commented, “Losing Kylian, of course it is difficult, I saw him very sad because of his injury.”
“But then I saw him working from the morning to speed up his recovery as much as possible, it’s a winner’s figure, a very special person. He really is the best striker in the world.”
Without him, Paris Saint-Germain would have needed reinforcements in the transfer window, but a loan contract for Moroccan Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) was not possible in time.
“We had the player with us, we did everything, but like all player transfers we need the three parts to work well. […] Unfortunately, at the last moment, it didn’t work out for the other party. [Chelsea]Campos lamented.