Lionel Messi ‘has doubts over signing a new deal with PSG and is considering his options away from France’… with Argentina’s World Cup win sparking a ‘change of mentality’ in the forward
PSG forward Lionel Messi is considering his future in France and has concerns over signing a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions, according to reports.
The Argentina star’s current deal at the Parc des Princes expires in the summer – after agreeing a two-year contract in 2021 – and there is yet to be progress over extension talks.
With that in mind, Messi has supposedly grown concerned over his future in Paris and his former club Barcelona have emerged as the frontrunners to land him.
Lionel Messi is reportedly considering his future with Ligue 1 champions Paris-Saint Germain
According to MARCA, the 35-year-old was expected to sign a new deal with PSG but he’s since U-turned on that stance and is considering his future in France.
It’s understood that Argentina’s recent World Cup success has sparked a ‘change of mentality’ in the forward – who now values ‘other things for the immediate future’.
The outlet claim that winning the World Cup was the aspiration for Messi in recent years and, now that’s completed, he is less concerned with winning domestic titles.
Barcelona was known as Messi’s home for well over a decade and that could be a motivating factor for the forward to orchestrate a return to Spain.
Other clubs interested include MLS side Inter Miami, Newell’s Old Boys and even Al-Hilal – who Messi recently competed against.
The forward has spent two years in France but could be set for an exit when his contract ends
Reports claim that Argentina’s World Cup win has sparked a ‘change of mentality’ for Messi
Earlier this month, Inter Miami coach Phil Neville refused to rule out a sensational move to bring World Cup winner Lionel Messi to Major League Soccer.
‘We want to bring the best players in the world to this club and he is probably the best player, so for us the landscape has not changed at all,’ Neville said.
‘With any deal for any DP (Designated Player) of that level, it’s complicated. It takes time.’
Miami and Messi looked close to a deal last year – as Sportsmail reported on November 27 – but the Argentina hero had been leaning towards an extension in Paris after starring at the World Cup in Qatar.
Inter Miami coach Phill Neville has refused to rule out the possibility of signing the Argentine
Messi was forced to leave Barcelona in 2021 after financial constraints meant they were no longer able to pay the forward’s extortionate wages.
Since then, he’s scored 24 goals in 55 appearances for French side PSG and has already won a Ligue 1 title.
His most recent cameo saw him score one goal in PSG’s 5-4 thriller with the Saudi All-Star XI – featuring Cristiano Ronaldo – which took place in Riyadh.