‘Does he have the motivation?’: Pundit questions Lionel Messi as PSG contract talks drag on at end of business season

Former France defender Bixente Lizarazu has said he is concerned about Lionel Messi’s commitment to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Messi has been on the Parisians’ books since joining them from Barcelona on a free transfer in 2021. He arrived at the Parc des Princes on a two-year deal.

The Argentine’s contract with psg expires at the end of the season. Les Parisiens are keen to link him to a new deal, but the talks have yet to come to a positive end.

Many have advised the French giants against handing the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner a new contract. Lizarazu, however, has said he would like Messi to stay at the club for at least another year. However, the former Ligue 1 defender admitted that he is not sure of the striker’s commitment to the Parisians.

“I would like him to extend one more year, so that we have this privilege to see him again; he is the best player in history, in any case in the last 20 years,” Lizarazu said on TF1. “The question is, do you have the motivation to want to win the Champions League with Paris?”

It will be necessary to see if the PSG can convince Messi to put pen and paper into a new deal with them. The player has been linked with a move to Barcelona, ‚Äč‚ÄčInter Miami and even the Middle East.

Former PSG star advises against club extending contract with Lionel Messi

Although Lizarazu would prefer Messi to stay for another year, not everyone agrees with him. Former PSG midfielder Eric Rabesandrata believes that the Argentine no longer fits at the club. saying:

“We didn’t feel much determination (from Lionel Messi). We saw him with Argentina during the World Cup. Although the whole team was playing for him, he was determined. We felt a passion. QSI wants to extend (Messi’s contract) but I have the impression that He doesn’t fit into the PSG project. We need more determined players.”

Messi got off to a quiet start at Les Parisiens, racking up 11 goals and 15 assists in 34 games in all competitions in his first season. He has been in much better form this term, scoring 18 times and providing 17 assists in 31 games in all competitions.

However, fans have been frustrated with the former Barcelona superstar due to his disappointing performances in the UEFA Champions League. Many feel that she has failed to step up for the club in decisive games in Europe.

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Edited by Dakir Mohammed Thanveer


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