PSG club president Naseer Al-Khelaifi has said that the Ligue 1 giants will hold contract extension talks with Lionel Messi after the World Cup in Qatar. Messi has been in fine form for Argentina in the tournament.
Messi will hold talks with PSG about a contract extension after the World Cup (Courtesy: Reuters)
By India Today Web Desk: Paris Saint-Germain president Naseer Al-Khelaifi said that that the club will discuss with Lionel Messi about a possible contract extension after the FIFA World Cup 2022 concludes in Qatar.
Messi has been in fine form for Argentina at the tournament as he looks to bag is first World Cup this year. The 35-year-old’s club future has been a topic of discussion in the football world as MLS side Inter Miami has been linked with signing him in the summer next year.
However, Al-Khelaifi has now said that they will hold discussions with Messi once the World Cup is over. Speaking to the reporters, as quoted by Reuters, the PSG president was asked if the Argentine star was interested in extending his stay at Paris.
Al-Khelaifi said that they had agreed to sit with the 35-year-old after the tournament in Qatar as both parties are happy with each other.
“Definitely. He performed fantastic this season for us, he’s scored a lot of goals and assists for the national team and for the club.”
“So what we agreed together – that after the World Cup, sit down together. But both sides – our side of the club and him – are very happy, so we will talk after the World Cup,” said Al-Khelaifi.
The PSG president was also quizzed about the club’s interest in Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. He said every club will be interested in signing the England forward if he becomes a free agent next summer and PSG did talk to him previously. However, it wasn’t a good moment for both parties at the time and they aren’t currently in talks with the player.
“But the moment was not a good moment for both sides,” said Al-Khelaifi.
“Today if he’s a free agent of course we can talk to him directly but we are not going to talk to him now. Let him focus on the World Cup. Then after in January, hopefully, if we’re interested we will talk to him.”