PSG optimistic on Messi extension while refuting suggestions that discussions have already taken place

The 35-year-old footballing legend is still expected to remain in the French capital as PSG are said to be optimistic over contract talks slated for after the New Year

Earlier reports that Lionel Messi has verbally agreed to a contract extension with French giants Paris Saint-Germain have been refuted after CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs details the current situation surrounding the Argentine World Cup champion per club sources.

Football insider Fabrizio Romano reported earlier today that Messi had already held talks with PSG and agreed on an extended stay at the Parc des Princes, with Jacobs stating that no such verbal agreement was ever reached between the club and the player’s representatives.

Messi is indeed said to be happy in Paris and a possible one-year extension with the option of another year added on would be an ideal solution for both parties involved, but any headway on the contract front is on pause until after the New Year.

According to Jacobs via his personal Twitter Account, PSG has “...always been confident Messi will extend. He’s settled in Paris and in excellent form. But club sources are ‘very surprised’ by news Messi has already told them he’ll extend. He’s celebrating his World Cup win and no conversations on the matter have yet taken place.”

The 35-year-old is off enjoying the fruits of his labor across 16 years of international service for Argentina after guiding La Albiceleste to their third World Cup win after besting clubmate Kylian Mbappé and France in the final after a penalty shootout in what was arguably the greatest final in tournament history.

Messi now has secured every possible honor he could receive both at the club and international level during an immensely successful career, first at Barcelona and now with PSG, after winning every trophy on offer in Spain and France as well as multiple Champions League wins in addition to Argentina’s recent Copa America success.

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Andrew Thompson

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