PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi is Keen to Extend Lionel Messi’s Contract

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PSG are now ready to extend Lionel Messi’s contract as talks with the Argentina maestro upon his return from the 2022 World Cup will commence.

PSG President keen to extend Messi’s contract

Paris- Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has confirmed that he will commence contract extension talks with Lionel Messi now that the World Cup is over.

PSG playmakers Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe both went head-to-head in a thrilling final clash on Sunday, December 18 with Argentina eventually prevailing on penalties in the World Cup final.

Both legendary footballers played a significant role in the match, with Messi scoring twice while Mbappe struck a hat-trick during the 3-3 draw.

Messi guided Argentina to 2022 World Cup victory

The 35-year-old PSG megastar guided Argentina to their third World Cup trophy on Sunday and established himself as the real greatest of all-time(GOAT).

Lionel Messi eventually secured a World Cup title with Argentina, netting twice in a 3-3 draw before emerging victorious via penalty shootouts over France.

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In the other hand, PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe became the first player since 1966 to score a hat trick in a World Cup final.

Ultimately, Argentina held their vigor in the spot-kicks better than the French as Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni missed penalties while Argentina’s Gonzalo Montiel scored the winner in the shootout.

Both Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe also successfully converted their penalties in the shootout.

However, despite Kylian Mbappe’s heroic performance, Neymar didn’t give any attention to the 2022 World Cup Golden boot winner as the Brazilian excluded Mbappe while praising PSG and ex-Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi.

PSG star Mbappe
Mbappe

The Brazilian maestro sent a classy congratulatory message to his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi via his Twitter page but refused to appreciate France’s golden boy, Mbappe for his impact in the showpiece World Cup final.

The 30-year-old Neymar had been striving to be involved in the final himself but despite his struggle to get his country into the Qatar World Cup final, Brazil crashed out on penalties against Croatia in the quarter-finals.

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And despite Brazil crashing out of the tournament, Neymar didn’t hesitate to congratulate his former Barcelona teammate, Messi.

“Congratulations brother,” the 30-year-old Brazilian star Neymar wrote on Instagram, alongside a photograph of Lionel Messi kissing the World Cup trophy.

Neymar congratulates Messi

And as Lionel Messi and his Argentine team-mates fly back to Buenos Aires with the World Cup trophy, PSG chief has announced the good news of a potential contract extension.

PSG President Al-Khelafi and Messi
Lionel Messi and PSG Chief Al-Khelafi

When the PSG President, Al-Khelafi was asked if he would tie down World Cup victor Lionel Messi and runner up Kylian Mbappe, he immediately nodded in agreement.

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PSG President Al-Khelafi and Messi

PSG President, Al-Khelafi said: “Do we want to keep Mbappé and Messi? Of course, one is the top scorer, and the other, is best player, at the World Cup”

“I don’t want to say anything for Leo, we had an agreement to talk after the World Cup, and we will do that.”

Messi’s current contract at the Parc des Princes is set to expire in June 2023 and it seems apparently there will be a deal extension.

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Meanwhile, Messi’s deal includes a 12-month extension clause, which PSG are eager to trigger, but the 35-yeear-old Argentine is still contemplating whether or not to agree.

It remains to be seen if Messi will agree to extend his stay at Parc des Princes as the decision is expected before the end of January transfer window.

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