PSG is said to have withdrawn from the race to recruit Lionel Messi. The Argentina international is now a free agent, but he appears to be set to sign a new contract with Barcelona.
According to MARCA, PSG has accepted defeat in their pursuit of Lionel Messi, who is expected to re-sign with Barcelona in the near future.
After a falling out with Barcelona’s senior management, the Argentine superstar appeared to be on his way out at the start of the 2020-21 season. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, appears to be willing to devote his future to the Blaugrana.
Joan Laporta’s selection as the club’s president will play a big role in this. The Spaniard enjoys a good working relationship with Lionel Messi and has made re-signing the Argentine his top objective at the club.
Sergio Aguero’s deal was also approved by Laporta. Off the field, the former Manchester City player has a great friendship with Lionel Messi. The striker’s arrival may have been crucial in persuading Messi to stay at the club.
PSG, after having long cherished the dream of signing Lionel Messi on a free deal, have now given up on this idea. [le parisien] pic.twitter.com/OkJxcYH9gB
— barcacentre (@barcacentre) July 13, 2021
PSG were rumored to be frontrunners to recruit Lionel Messi earlier this year, with former Barcelona player Neymar publicly saying that he would like to reconcile with the Argentine in Paris. PSG’s public courtship of Messi at the time did not sit well with Barcelona. But it appears like this tale is finally coming to an end.
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After winning the Copa America with Argentina earlier this week, Lionel Messi will return to Barcelona after a well-deserved sabbatical. Joan Laporta is optimistic that the Argentine will return to Barcelona in the near future. In an interview with MARCA following Argentina’s victory, he said:
“Messi’s contract extension is developing well. We are ecstatic for him. Leo has won the Copa América, making all Catalans, Barça, Catalonia, and the entire football world delighted. It’s thrilling to see the greatest player in football history get thrilled about a championship, and it made us all cry with excitement.”
“He’s overjoyed, and we’re all overjoyed. I’m delighted for Leo, who, along with his teammates, has helped Argentina reclaim its place among the best, as well as for Agüero. I’m thrilled for Messi’s family, Argentina, and Barça, which Leo recognizes, admires, and loves because of their friendship.”
“He’s overjoyed, as are we all. I’m pleased for Leo, who, along with his teammates, has helped Argentina reclaim its place among the world’s top, as well as for Agüero. I’m thrilled for Messi’s family, Argentina, and Barça, who are all acknowledged, appreciated, and adored by Leo because of their link.”
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 12, 2021