Paris Saint Germain Set to Make U-turn on Offering Lionel Messi a New Contract

Paris Saint Germain Set to Make U-turn on Offering Lionel Messi a New Contract

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 21, 2023 at 2:01 PM
  • Paris Saint-Germain are no longer certain about tying Lionel Messi down to a new deal when his contract expires
  • The 35-year-old forward is out of contract this summer, having signed a two-year deal back in 2021
  • Messi has also been linked with a move to Barcelona, Saudi Arabia and the MLS

Paris Saint-Germain could be set to part ways with Lionel Messi at the end of the 2022/23 season when his contract with the Ligue 1 giants expires.

Messi and PSG have been in negotiations for a contract renewal, but recent events have caused a pause in talks and the Ligue 1 champions are now reconsidering their stand.

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Lionel Messi's strained relationship with PSG fans is making the club reconsider about renewing his contract at the club. Photo by Xavier Laine
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According to the Daily Mirror, PSG are unsure on whether they want to keep Messi at the end of the season as it is thought that some of the club’s hierarchy are considering a change in direction in the playing squad.

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The French giants also believe that letting Messi leave might be the fans' preferred option after the Argentine was blamed for PSG’s early Champions League elimination by Bayern Munich.

Messi is facing backlash from supporters after being booed by sections of PSG fans during the teams' introductions before their Ligue 1 match against Rennes on Sunday.

Messi edging closer to PSG exit

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi has been pushed further out of Paris Saint-Germain and closer to a return to FC Barcelona after receiving a cold reception from the club's fans, Forbes reports.

When the starting lineup for PSG's Ligue 1 match against Rennes was announced, Messi's name was booed by some sections of PSG fans who blamed him for their early Champions League exit.

Messi is reported to be upset with the fans after the loss to Rennes and the 35-year-old is believed to want out of the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Messi wants clarity on PSG project

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Lionel Messi’s future at Paris Saint-Germain still remains uncertain with the Argentine’s current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has been negotiating a new deal with the Parisians, but talks between both parties appear to have stalled despite Messi being adamant to sign a new contract.

Fabrizio Romano notes the Argentine veteran wants to understand how the PSG project will evolve in the summer before committing his future to the club.

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