PSG Press Review: Messi, Mbappé, vice-captains…

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Seen and read about PSG in the French press this Wednesday, January 25, 2023. Lionel Messi’s contract extension. Kylian Mbappé and his quest for a record, not a single vice-captain behind Marquinhos…

In today’s edition, the team makes its front page on the extension of the contract of Lionel Messi with the PSG. In the summer of 2021, the Pulga signed a two-year contract plus an optional year. The latter can only be activated if both parties wish. ” The discussions, which began in the fall, progressed well on the occasion of the world Cup.[…]More than a month later, however, nothing has changed. » In the entourage of the PSG, it is explained that this file is in accordance with the schedule that has been set. According to the sports daily, there is talk of starting a new contract. ” According to internal estimates, the balance between the income generated (direct and indirect) and the expenses related to his arrival over these first years is positive at nearly €15 million. Despite this, the PSGfined by theUEFAdoes not want to put himself in danger after having “ already made enormous efforts to keep Kylian Mbappe.

While part of the commissions planned at the time of signing in the summer of 2021 would not have yet been paid to those around him“, Messi will he agree to maybe lower his emoluments wonders the team. A meeting is scheduled for the next few weeks between the leaders of the PSG and Jorge Messi to clarify the situation. ” the emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thanihe intends to keep his jewel“, indicates the sports daily. The 2022 world champion also arouses other desires. L’Inter-Miamilong-time interested, would continue to put pressure to convince him to come and play in MLS. ” His wife, Antonelawould see this option with a good eye, and the project does not lack attraction in the eyes of the player ” even if it is not the preferred track at the moment. He would like to remain in a competitive environment, a point which works in favor of the PSG note the teamhe who would like to play in selection at least until the Copa America 2024.” In private, he also explains that he has not ruled out, to date, pushing until the World Cup 2026even if it seems to him for the moment very far. He would also like to break the goalscoring record of Cristiano Ronaldo (141 versus 129) in Champions League.

Number 30 of PSG is also in the sights ofSaudi Arabiawho would like to convince the Argentinian international to continue his clash with Cristiano Ronaldo. ” Crazy sums circulated[…]which are currently virtual because no formal offer has been sent“, reveals the team before explaining that there was a certainty, discussions are underway and an appointment would even be scheduled shortly. ” Exchanges facilitated by the fact that Messi already has a partnership there as an ambassador for Saudi tourism. But as for the MLS, this is not the track favored in the immediate future by the former Barcelonan. He feels good at Paris and the tendency would always be for an extension with the PSG. ” He is also grateful to Nasser al-Khelaifi and the PSG for being there and offering him golden terms when the Barca had left it in the lurch, to everyone’s surprise, eighteen months ago“, concludes the team.

The sports daily which also takes stock of the winter transfer window of the PSG. Constrained by financial fair play, the capital club would favor the recruitment of an attacking player to compensate for the departure of Pablo Sarabiarather than relying on Milan Skriniar. For this offensive player, the Parisian leaders would favor an attacker who plays on the right side, able to go inside on his left foot. ” So it won’t be Marcus Thuramthat Luis Campos appreciates but which corresponds to the opposite profile, nor an anticipated return to the club of xavi simonswhich has become a centerpiece of the PSV Eindhoven” , noted the team. The latter should be ” a player capable of balancing the Paris squad and offering a solution during the match that neither Hugo Ekitikeneither Carlos Soler very far from its statistics of Valence (12 goals per season over the last two seasons) have not been able to represent over time, for the moment. The sports daily wonders if the PSG should not rather look into the purchase of a central defender at the end of the winter transfer window. And in this sector, the priority is called Milan Skriniar. ” The Lombard leaders would not be inclined to release him before January 31 for an amount less than 20 or 25 million, a sum that Paris can’t adjust. This possible union will therefore most certainly have to wait a few months, Skriniar having decided not to extend his contract which expires on June 30 with the Milanese club.

On his side, the Parisian evoked Kylian Mbappe and his quest for records whether with the PSG Where The french team. With his quintuplet against Kassel country Monday, a first for him in his career and the first time in the history of the PSGhe moved closer to the position of top scorer in the history of the Rouge & Bleu occupied by Edinson Cavani (200). He misses five goals to steal the place of El Matador. ” Beat everything, win everything, never leave the heights, even make sure to hover well above and stay there as long as possible, this seems to be the leitmotif of the Parisian number 7“, hammers the Ile-de-France daily. In the short, medium or long term, Kylian Mbappe appears well on its way to breaking the records of Cavani, Olivier Giroud or Cristiano Ronaldo (in Champions Leaguenote). Meriem Salmiformer head of the psychological follow-up of theInsepbelieves that for the striker of the PSGit is not obsession that guides him in his quest for records but his passion.

The Parisian who also wonders if this year 2023 would not be the year of all records for the striker of the PSG. After a record year 2022 with 44 goals in all competitions with the Rouge & Bleu, he started on a very good footing in 2023. Ademola Lookman (Atalanta Bergamo) and Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)authors of six goals since the start of the year, are the only players among the members of the European Big 5 to have scored more, but for a higher goal/playing time ratio. “It should not take long to become the top scorer in the history of the PSG (196 against 200 for Cavani) and could even afford the title of best passer in the history of the capital club held by his former teammate Angel Di Maria (112). He’s currently at 80. Even if it’s in the distant future, Mbappe can aim to become the top scorer in the history of the Champions Leaguetitle held by Cristiano Ronaldo (141). There are also the records with the selection, that of top scorer held by Olivier Giroudbut also the record of the best French scorer in the history of the world Cup detained by Just Fountain (13, Mbappe has 12) or that of top scorer in the history of the world Cup detained by Miroslav Klose (16 goals).

In the Ile-de-France daily, there is also talk of his growing leadership, whether in PSG or with the Blues. Against the Kassel countryin the absence of Marquinhos, he wore the captain’s armband for the first time at the start of the game, he who had already been given the armband several times but each time during the game. After the meeting, Christophe Galtier had explained that he deserved this armband when the Brazilian was not there. If this choice was logical, it is more the statements of the coach and his explanations which were able to surprise the audience and sow doubt“, assures the Parisian. He explains that in reality, the appointment of Mbappe as vice-captain is part of a rotating captaincy when Marquinhos missing. “The striker, as Marco Verratti, Presnel Kimpembe and Sergio Ramosare the four players designated by Christophe Galtier to wear the captain’s armband when Marquinhos is absent. These five players are a privileged relay for the Parisian coach and they are consulted on various topics throughout the season. The choice to entrust the armband to Kylian Mbappe Monday “confirms his growing influence in the locker room“, concludes the Parisian.