After an argument with the mayor of Paris, PSG will depart their stadium Parc des Princes for the first time ever.
Since its founding in 1970, the French team has played its home matches at the stadium, which has reportedly seen an increase in investment of about £75 million in recent years.
However, according to Major Anne Hidalgo, the city is refusing to sell the stadium to the club, which has led to a rift and PSG’s rumored impending departure.
The Ligue 1 champions reportedly offered to contribute an additional £440 million to the stadium’s refurbishment, but Hidalgo has closed a prospective contract after talks over a potential deal.
Hidalgo stated to the Le Parisien newspaper through ESPN:
‘We have a very clear position. The Parc des Princes is not for sale, and it will not be sold. This is a firm and definitive position. It is an exceptional heritage for Parisians.’
Then, a PSG representative stated to ESPN:
‘It is surprising and disappointing to hear that the mayor of Paris is taking a position which, effectively, will force PSG, our fans and communities away from the Parc des Princes, while also, quite remarkably, adding tens of millions of Euros to the taxpayer burden to maintain the structure of the building, which is now 50 years old and in need of renovation.’
Hidalgo is reportedly still eager to collaborate with the team to upgrade the stadium, something the team is unwilling to do if they don’t own it.
The club added:
‘It is regrettable that the Mayor is now suddenly foreclosing the sale discussions we’ve been having for a long time, with the club now sadly forced to advance alternative options for our home, which is not the outcome the club or our fans were hoping for.’
PSG defeated Angers 2-0 in their most recent game there on Wednesday.