It was the strong trend of the last few weeks, it should soon become reality. Lionel Messi has agreed in principle to stay at least one more year at Paris-SG, as revealed on Wednesday the Parisian. The Argentinian (35) is currently in the country, where he is celebrating with mad jubilation the title of world champion won by his team on Sunday (3-3, 4-2 on tab against France), but this verbal exchange would date back to the beginning of the month in Qatar, when the president of PSG, Nasser al-Khelaïfi, met Jorge Messi, the father of the player.
For several months, the Parisian leaders had validated the idea of extending the contract of the former Barcelonan, linked until June 2023 with an additional year as an option that can be activated if both parties agree. Ideally, they would even have wanted to sign a new commitment before the World Cup but this was not the wish of the player, eager to concentrate on the event organized in Qatar, the last major title which was missing from his list. .
The duration and the financial conditions remain to be negotiated
In the entourage of the club, it is specified that there is “no change compared to the last statements of the president”, and that discussions are scheduled for early 2023 to move the file forward. A few days ago, before the World Cup final, Al-Khelaïfi had tested positive, with Gazzetta dello Sport (“No decision will be made before the new year but we are very happy and Leo too”) and RMC (“I think he wants to stay. Is this going to happen? We’ll see, there’s one game left.”).
In fact, to date, no formal agreement has been established, neither the exact duration of this new lease, nor the financial conditions. Even if the capital club has to deal with a complex economic situation (€370 million in losses for the 2021-2022 financial year), we can imagine that it will not be the most difficult to complete the deal. Especially since the club has drawn many benefits from his arrival, particularly in terms of image and marketing. But also sporty.
His family feels good in Neuilly-sur-Seine
After a difficult first season, where he had to manage the first club change of his career and acclimatize to a new environment at all levels, Messi has found his stride. He signed a first-rate first half of the season (12 goals and 14 assists in 19 matches, all competitions combined) and the planetary coronation won in Qatar will not make him change his mind about the choice he had. done in the summer of 2021 by joining Paris.
On the private level too, his wife and children feel good since their installation in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine), an element far from being secondary for this homebody father.
It now remains to finalize the deal with a player who has become world champion in the meantime, while Barça has always entertained the idea of a comeback and he had been credited with the desire to discover MLS with the ‘Inter Miami.