Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola
Paris Saint-Germain president, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi is working increasingly hard to have the trio of his star players in Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos who are all World Cup winners in the club as part of the squad ahead of next season.
Qatar 2022 World Cup winner Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and France international Kylian Mbappe all have their futures up in the air with their current contract with the French capital club coming to an end at the end of the season.
Amidst a turbulent season which has been plagued by injuries to key players, underwhelming results, shock early UEFA champions league exit and the financial play mess, the president who is looking for addition of more players has publicly communicated his desire to have the trio at the club for next season as their experience and qualities can help the younger players adapt.
Nasser Al-Khelaïfi says he is “working” to ensure Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos stay at Paris Saint-Germain in the long-term, whilst also praising some of the club’s younger stars.
Mbappé’s deal at Parc des Princes runs until June 2025, the talismanic attacker having spurned Real Madrid to sign an extension last May, while Messi and Ramos are both out of contract in the summer.
Al-Khelaïfi was speaking to Spanish sports daily Marca, ostensibly about the possibility of Qatar Sports Investments buying Segunda Division side Malaga, but attention soon turned to the futures of some of PSG’s stars.
“We’re lucky to have some of the best players in the world, who wanted to play for PSG despite receiving offers from other clubs,” he said.
“We’re working to keep Mbappé, Messi and Ramos,” Nasser admitted.
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“We’re going to analyze what we’re doing and how to make sure we can continue and that we’re doing things properly and developing. We’re not going to make mistakes.”
PSG bolstered their midfield last summer with the signings of Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz, Carlos Soler and Renato Sanches, but this summer could be slower in terms of arrivals with other players breaking through.
“We’ll see in the summer what we need to balance the squad,” Al-Khelaïfi said. “I’m not at all worried about the transfer period. I am very proud of the rising stars of the future: Warren Zaïre-Emery, El Chadaille Bitshiabu and others.”
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