Lionel Messi is “more likely” to depart Paris Saint-Germain on the finish of the season than signal a brand new deal, a supply near the membership advised AFP on Tuesday.
“The dynamics have fully modified with PSG much less pushing to resume (his contract),” the supply stated, including that there was “no deal, no exit but. However exit is more likely.”
World Cup winner Messi, who will flip 36 in June, joined in 2021 on a two-year deal which expires on the finish of this marketing campaign.
On Sunday, the Argentine’s identify was jeered by some PSG followers because the groups had been introduced previous to the 1-0 house defeat towards Lyon in Ligue 1.
Supporters of the Qatar-owned membership are sad on the malaise across the crew since they had been eradicated from the Champions League within the final 16 by Bayern Munich final month.
PSG have misplaced eight instances in 18 video games in 2023, a run which has seen them exit of the French Cup prematurely though they continue to be six factors clear on the prime of the French desk.
“The followers have modified issues fully,” the supply stated of the probabilities of Messi’s deal being renewed and the supporters’ response on the weekend.
Messi has scored 29 objectives and arrange 32 extra in 67 appearances for PSG in all competitions.
But his type has dipped since he led Argentina to glory on the World Cup in Qatar on the finish of final 12 months.
Some followers see him as an emblem of all of the membership has performed flawed in specializing in celebrity signings whereas failing to construct a genuinely aggressive crew.
Messi is at present costing PSG round 40 million euros ($43.6 million) a 12 months in wages at a time when the membership has to maintain according to UEFA’s Monetary Truthful Play guidelines, though there have been solutions they might provide him a brand new deal on a diminished wage.
Barcelona has been overtly courting Messi, hoping to influence the Argentine to return to the Camp Nou two years after he left the membership the place he gained 4 Champions League titles. He left Barcelona when the membership couldn’t afford to resume his contract.
“I’d adore it if he returned,” Barca vice-president Rafael Yuste stated final week as he admitted there had been “contact” with Messi.
He has additionally been linked with a attainable transfer to Main League Soccer the place Inter Miami is alleged to be eager about signing him.
If Messi departs, PSG would probably be doubly decided to maintain maintain of Kylian Mbappe for at the very least yet another season, a 12 months after persuading the France striker to signal a brand new deal and switch down overtures from Actual Madrid.
In addition to the uncertainty over Messi’s future, there are doubts about coach Christophe Galtier, who was solely appointed final July however has come underneath intense stress following current outcomes.
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