Paris SG are “currently discussing” an extension of the contract of their superstar Lionel Messi, whose lease ends in June, confirmed the Parisian club’s football adviser, Luis Campos, assuring that he would be “delighted” that the Argentinian “can continue” at PSG.
“We are in discussion. I cannot hide that, I would like to have him in this project, so that he can continue with us”, declared the Portuguese leader in an interview with Téléfoot magazine broadcast on Sunday by the French channel TF1. .
“I would be delighted if he continues, but we are talking at the moment to try to get to the goal, to continue to have Leo Messi with us,” he continued.
At 35, the seven-time Ballon d’Or must decide what his future will be made of, a few weeks after finally reaching the grail of a coronation at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Messi joined Paris in 2021, for two seasons (plus one optional), after spending his entire professional career with FC Barcelona.
Campos welcomed the involvement of the small Argentinian striker in the Parisian project, citing as an example his performance in Montpellier on Wednesday in Ligue 1 (3-1), with a goal at stake.
“At half-time, I said to him: + Leo you have to train all the others with you +, he said: + calm + and he had an exceptional second part of the match”, told the sports adviser of PSG .
The form of Messi, still a scorer on Saturday against Toulouse (2-1), is good news for Paris before the European clash against Bayern Munich on February 14, which Kylian Mbappé will miss through injury.
“Losing Kylian, of course it’s hard, I saw him very sad with his injury,” commented Campos, very close to the striker. “But I saw him then work from the morning to speed up his recovery as much as possible, it’s the personality of a winner, of someone very special. He is already the best striker in the world.”
Without him, PSG would have needed reinforcements in the transfer window, but the loan contract for Moroccan Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) could not be validated in time.
“We had the player with us, we did everything, but like in all player transfers, we need the three parts to work well. (…) Unfortunately, at the last moment, it didn’t work with the other part (Chelsea),” Campos lamented.