Lionel Messi, after joining Paris Saint-Germain Football Club PSG, has put Kylian Mbappe on the run as a means of shying away from competition.
This was made known as PSG president Al Khelaifi said to Le Parisien that the talks with Mbappe and his family are private and that he’s happy with Messi’s arrival.
“Mbappe wants a great team,he has everything to stay here, I said there is no excuse to leave” the President said.
Recalled, Messi signed a two-year contract with the Ligue 1 side, with the option of extending for a further year. Sources told ESPN’s Julien Laurens that Messi is expected to earn between €30-35 million ($35-41 million) net a year.
“I am excited to begin a new chapter of my career at Paris Saint-Germain. Everything about the club matches my football ambitions. I know how talented the squad and the coaching staff are here. I am determined to help build something special for the club and the fans, and I am looking forward to stepping out onto the pitch at the Parc des Princes,” Messi said in a statement.
Lionel Messi spoke at his first news conference as a Paris Saint-Germain player today Wednesday August 11,2021 saying after a “very tough” end to his Barcelona career, his target is to win the Champions League again.
“My exit from Barca was very tough, after so many years, but as soon as I arrived here I was so happy, so motivated, so excited. It has happened so fast, but I am enjoying it so much,” Messi said.
“My goal and my dream is to win the Champions League once more. I think that we have the team to do it here.
“The squad and coaches here are capable of winning everything, which is my objective. The team here is incredible. There have been some amazing signings. This will be an unbelievable experience for me. I do not know when I will first be able to play and I might need some preseason conditioning first. I really want to begin the training sessions, I really want it to be quick.” Lionel Messi said.
PSG] had positioned themselves from the first day, even though it wasn’t easy in these conditions. I want to thank the club for the work it’s done and the welcome I’ve had.
“The Barca fans knew I’d join a good club, fighting for the Champions League, because they know me, I like to win, I’m a winner and I want to carry on doing that.
“I don’t doubt that PSG’s objectives are to win and grow. It would be nice on the one hand to face them in the Champions League, especially with fans, but on the other strange to go back to my home in another team’s shirt — but that’s football.”