According to BBC Sport’s Guillem Balague, Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina, has reached a “understanding in principle” to extend his contract with Paris Saint Germain.
Messi’s contract with the French club expires in June 2023 after he led Argentina to World Cup victory in Qatar. Messi is 35 years old.
The president of Barcelona, Joan Laporta, stated earlier this week that he “would love” for Messi to rejoin the Spanish team where he spent 21 years.
Balague claims that Barcelona has not spoken to Messi about a comeback, though.
Following four months of negotiations between Messi’s father Jorge and PSG director of football Luis Campos, he will sign a one-year contract with an additional year’s option.
A significant meeting with PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi followed that in Doha.
Expert in European football Balague said that PSG has essentially agreed to everything. “Barcelona hasn’t gotten in touch with him or his father to make an offer.
Therefore, Messi does not object to going back to Barcelona. The query has not been directed at him.
Messi is pleased with everything, and the agreement will go more quickly after he returns from his vacation.
“Everyone is having a good time, and his life in Paris is balanced and cheerful. He stands a good chance of repeating as Champions League champion. Additionally, it will support his bid to win the Ballon d’Or once more.
When Argentina defeated France in a penalty shootout to win the World Cup for the third time, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was named player of the competition.
Messi signed a two-year deal as a free agent with the option of a third year in 2021 after leaving Barcelona.
He currently has 53 appearances for the Ligue 1 team and 23 goals overall in all competitions.
The Argentine has already won 10 La Liga trophies with Barcelona, one Copa America, one World Cup, four Champions League championships, and a Ligue 1 championship in France with PSG.
He is regarded as one of the best players of all time, and with Barcelona, the team he joined at the age of 13, he scored a record 672 goals in 778 appearances.
When the Catalan club could no longer afford to honor the new deal they had agreed upon with him due to La Liga’s salary cap in 2021, he stopped his relationship with them.