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Messi set for first PSG look since World Cup as contract talks go on

Lionel Messi is anticipated to make his first look for Paris Saint-Germain since his World Cup triumph in a Ligue 1 conflict at house in opposition to Angers on Wednesday, because the Qatar-owned membership look to tie the Argentine right down to a brand new contract.

The 35-year-old took half in coaching along with his teammates on Tuesday, a bit of over three weeks after inspiring Argentina to victory over France on penalties in an epic World Cup remaining in Qatar.

He was granted a two-week vacation again in his house nation following the match, earlier than returning to Paris and being given a guard of honour at PSG’s coaching floor final Wednesday.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who scored 12 objectives in 19 video games this season for his membership previous to the World Cup, didn’t participate in PSG’s win at third-tier facet Chateauroux within the French Cup on the weekend.

However he might begin because the Ligue 1 chief performs host to an Angers facet which is backside of the desk and has misplaced its final 9 league outings.

How Messi approaches the second half of the marketing campaign in France after a career-defining World Cup will probably be intently noticed, along with his preliminary two-year deal in Paris coming to an finish.

Nonetheless, the Qatar-owned membership are in talks to increase his contract, with coach Christophe Galtier insisting the previous Barcelona star is settled within the French capital.

“I know there are talks and that the club has spoken to Leo, but I don’t know where they are at,” Galtier instructed reporters on Tuesday.

“Leo seems to me to be happy in Paris and I think there is a real desire on behalf of the club to extend Leo’s contract,” added Galtier, who stated that Luis Campos, PSG’s soccer advisor, was in discussions with Messi’s representatives together with president Nasser al-Khelaifi.

Kylian Mbappe, scorer of a hat-trick for France within the World Cup remaining, might once more be rested for PSG’s midweek sport after lacking its French Cup victory as he took a vacation in New York together with teammate Achraf Hakimi.

Neymar has been getting therapy for the ankle harm he suffered taking part in for Brazil on the World Cup. Italy midfielder Marco Verratti is out for a PSG facet, which suffered its first defeat of the season in its final league outing at Lens on New Yr’s Day.

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