Lionel Messi ‘agrees a new contract with PSG’ as Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain prepares to stay at the Parc des Princes until 2024 – ending talk of a potential Barcelona return – with his extension also including the option of a further year
- Lionel Messi has reached an agreement in principle to extend his PSG contract
- The Argentina World Cup winner’s current deal is due to expire next summer
- But Guillem Balague claims he has agreed to remain in Paris for another year
- Barcelona were keen to bring their club legend back to the Nou Camp in 2023
- Any talk of a Barca return is likely to be over as Messi prepares to stay at PSG
- Messi is the star of a mural in Buenos Aires after Argentina’s World Cup triumph
- The PSG ace returned home for a victory parade which descended into chaos
Lionel Messi has reached an agreement in principle to renew his Paris St-Germain contract, according to Guillem Balague.
Messi’s current PSG deal is set to expire next summer, which has recently led to talk of a potential return to Barcelona.
Barca President Joan Laporta has publicly expressed his willingness to bring Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain back to the Nou Camp, but it is believed Messi is instead set to remain in Paris for another year.
Lionel Messi has reached an agreement in principle to renew his Paris St-Germain contract
Messi, who won the World Cup with Argentina last week, is set to stay at PSG until 2024
He is understood to have agreed a renewal which also includes the option of a further year should he wish to stay at PSG until 2025.
Balague told BBC Sport: ‘It is practically all agreed with PSG. Barcelona have not approached him or his dad to offer anything.
‘So it is not that Messi does not want to return to Barcelona. He has not been asked the question.
‘Messi is happy with it all and when back from his holidays the agreement will speed up.
Messi has spent the last 18 months at the Parc des Princes after moving to PSG in 2021
Now he is due to stay put for another year after agreeing to extend his current contract
That will come as a blow to Barcelona chief Joan Laporta, who wanted to re-sign the superstar
‘His life in Paris is balanced, happy, everybody is enjoying it and he has a real possibility of winning the Champions League again. Plus, it will help him be a candidate again for the Ballon d’Or.’
Messi, who has spent the last 18 months at PSG, finally got his hands on the World Cup at the fifth time of asking last weekend, scoring twice in Argentina’s triumph over France.
The leading international prize was the only major honour missing from his legendary CV, meaning he can now bow out from football having won it all.
Laporta will be disappointed to hear of his PSG renewal, having opened the door for the Barca icon to come back for a second stint in Catalonia.
‘On the subject of Messi, we can’t generate expectations,’ Laporta told Barca TV. ‘Messi is a PSG player and has a contract with them.
‘He has won the World Cup and the Culés have been very happy. What I don’t want to do is generate expectations that at the moment are very difficult.
‘For us he is the best player of all time, we have had him here and I am convinced that in his heart he is a Culé and will always be linked to Barca.
‘Whether or not he comes back as a player, at the moment he is at PSG and we would very much love him to come back one day, but we’ll see.’
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