Messi REFUSES to sign new PSG contract unless...

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese
  • Updated: 21 Mar 2023 12:56 GMT
  • 3 min read
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Lionel Messi is refusing to sign a new contract at PSG until he knows more about the club’s plans for next season.

Fabrizio Romano and Cadena SER both report that Messi wants to find out who the coach will be in 2023-24 and also what the club’s project will be.

Current manager Christophe Galtier is likely to be sacked at the end of the season, while there is also uncertainty over the futures of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

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Messi’s contract at PSG expires at the end of the current season, with the Parisians currently in negotiations to renew his deal.

It had been expected that Messi would indeed pen a renewal, despite interest from former club Barcelona, MLS side Inter Miami and clubs in Saudi Arabia.

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Lionel Messi is wanted by Inter Miami

However, we are now nearly at the end of March and still Messi has not penned an extension.

The consensus among many sections of the media is that Messi is now more likely to leave PSG than stay.

He was even booed by the club’s supporters at the weekend, while his former Barcelona teammate Sergi Roberto called on him to return to Camp Nou.

Messi move to PSG

Messi completed a shock Free Transfer to PSG in the summer of 2021 after he was unable to sign a new contract with Barcelona.

The Argentine legend broke virtually every record during over 20 years at Camp Nou, scoring an incredible 672 goals in 778 games.

He endured a difficult first season at PSG with just six Ligue 1 goals but has been back to his best this campaign.

Messi has been back to something close to his best in 2022-23. He has 15 goals and 14 assists in all competitions so far for PSG and he also led Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar.

The Argentine is also the favourite to be crowned player of the year at the FIFA Best ceremony in Paris on February 27.