Luis Campos, the football advisor for Paris Saint-Germain, says he would be “delighted” if Lionel Messi agreed to extend his contract with the French champions.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, 35, accomplished his lifelong goal of winning the World Cup in December, but he has continued to play well since returning to France.
He struck his 10th Ligue 1 goal of the year on Saturday, helping PSG come from behind to defeat Toulouse 2-1 despite playing without Kylian Mbappe and Neymar due to injury. He scored a crucial goal in the 3-1 victory over Montpellier.
Messi bid an emotional farewell to Barcelona, where he had spent his entire professional career, and signed a two-year contract with PSG in 2021, with the option of an additional year.
We’re having conversations. Campos said to French station TF1 that he would “want to have him participating in this project, so he may continue with us.”
I would be thrilled if he did, but we are now in talks to try to make sure Leo Messi stays with us.
Messi’s recent contributions to the club, particularly in the victory over Montpellier, have been praised by Campos.
“Leo, it is critical that you drag the others with you, I told him at halftime. He retorted, “Keep calm,” and he then played an outstanding second half.
With Mbappe’s injury expected to keep him out of their Champions League Last 16 first-leg match against Bayern Munich on February 14, Messi’s form is exactly the boost PSG needs.
Losing Kylian is difficult, as shown by his obvious sadness at the injury, according to Campos.
But then I saw him working out in the morning to get better as quickly as he could.
“That character embodies a winner, someone really remarkable. He is already the world’s top scorer.