February 4, 2023

‘After the World Cup we will sit down together’: PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is confident Lionel Messi is ‘happy’ in Paris and will stay between MLS side Inter Miami until after the end of the season

  • Lionel Messi has been linked with a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami
  • The Argentine superstar’s contract with PSG expires this summer
  • PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi remains convinced that Messi is happy in Paris
  • He also considered going for Marcus Rashford but ruled out Cristiano Ronaldo

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is confident Lionel Messi is ‘happy’ in Paris and will remain beyond the end of the season amid links with MLS side Inter Miami.

Messi has had a great season in Ligue 1 and has helped Argentina reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, where he will lead his team against the Netherlands later today.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with a shock move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami, where his contract with PSG expires this summer.

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is confident Lionel Messi is ‘happy’ and will stay in Paris

Messi is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a move to MLS

Messi is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a move to MLS

But Al-Khelaifi tried to quash any speculation by insisting the Argentine is content in the French capital.

When asked if Messi wanted to stay at the club, the PSG chairman told Sky Sports: “Absolutely. He is very happy, you can see that with the national team. If a player is not satisfied, you see that his performance is not good for the national team.

“He has performed fantastically for us this season, scoring many goals and providing assists for the national team and for the club.

“So what we have agreed together is that we will sit together after the World Cup. But both sides – our side of the club and him – are very happy, so we’ll talk after the World Cup.”

The 35-year-old has scored seven times in 13 Ligue 1 appearances, while also netting four times in the Champions League.

The Argentinian is performing well for both PSG and his country at the World Cup

He was also instrumental in Argentina’s World Cup campaign, scoring in wins against Mexico and Australia and also in their infamous loss to Saudi Arabia.

Last month it became clear that Messi was keen to move to Miami and that the star – who currently earns a salary of around £1.2million a week – would take a pay cut from the Florida franchise.

However, he would be by far the biggest earner the game in America has ever seen.

In a telling interview, Al-Khelaifi also revealed that PSG have made a move for Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

The in-form striker is set to expire this summer and Al-Khelaifi believes there will be plenty of clubs racing to get his signature if he goes on a free transfer.

Last month it became clear that Messi was eager to join Beckham's side and would even accept a pay cut

Last month it became clear that Messi was eager to join Beckham’s side and would even accept a pay cut

“We’re not hiding it, we’ve spoken before and… interest,” he said. But the moment was not a good one for either side. Maybe, summer, why not?’

One man excluded by Al-Khelaifi was Cristiano Ronaldo. Al-Khelaifi said it would be “impossible” given that the club has already filled its position with several superstars including Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this year, but the French star signed a new contract with the club until 2025.

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