Paris Saint-Germain chief confirms ongoing Lionel Messi talks

Paris Saint-Germain director Luis Campos confirms that the club are in discussions over a new contract for Lionel Messi.

Paris Saint-Germain director Luis Campos has confirmed that the club are in discussions with Lionel Messi over a new contract.

Messi joined PSG in the summer of 2021 on a two-year deal after leaving Barcelona due to the Catalan club's financial situation.

With the Argentina international now in the final six months of his PSG contract, there is uncertainty surrounding his future in the French capital.

The 35-year-old has been linked with a return to Barcelona, while MLS franchise Inter Miami are believed to be interested.

A recent report claimed that Saudi Arabian clubs Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr, who recently recruited Cristiano Ronaldo, are keen to sign Messi in the near future.

Argentina's Lionel Messi kisses the World Cup trophy after collecting the Golden Ball award on December 18, 2022© Reuters

Although Al-Hilal are reportedly prepared to make Messi the highest-paid player in the world, PSG are hopeful of agreeing a new deal.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has previously expressed a desire to extend Messi's stay at the Parc des Princes.

There was always a belief that talks over a new PSG contract would gather pace after the 2022 World Cup, and Campos has confirmed that discussions are taking place.

"We are in talks with Leo Messi as we want to extend his contract," the PSG director told Telefoot.

"I'd like to keep him in this project. We are talking now to achieve this goal and continue to have Messi with us."

Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after the match on November 30, 2022© Reuters

Messi scored six goals and three assists to help his country win the 2022 World Cup, where his match-winning performances earned him the Golden Ball award.

Although he struggled to reach his high standards in his first season at PSG, he still managed to record 11 goals and provide 15 assists in 34 appearances during the 2021-22 campaign.

However, Messi has already surpassed those numbers this term, racking up 15 goals and 14 assists across 24 games in all competitions.

Messi scored the winning goal in Saturday's 2-1 win over Toulouse, which extended PSG's lead to eight points at the top of the Ligue 1 table ahead of Sunday's fixtures.

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