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Messi wants to stay at Barcelona amid PSG talk

According to Le Parisien, the Argentine star is aiming to stay at the Blaugrana, but his family is putting pressure on him to play for PSG.

Leo Messi's future at the moment is as uncertain as that of Kylian Mbappé. PSG want to keep the France international at all costs, but time is running out and the player has yet to make a decision on the matter, while Leo Messi wants to stay at Barcelona, according to French outlet Le Parisien.

The prestigious sports daily reports that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner has made a decision to stay at the Blaugrana despite the club's financial difficulties. The contract extension would entail a pay cut and less than what PSG, who are keeping a close eye on the Argentine's situation and will only try to sign him if Messi decides not to stay at Barcelona, can offer him.

Messi family want PSG move

Le Parisien also reports that Messi's father and family are putting pressure on the player to leave for PSG. In Paris, the guarantees of a short-term sporting project are superior to those offered by Barça, who this season lost in the last 16 of the Champions League, will finish third in LaLiga and have only managed to win the Copa del Rey. That is the big doubt that Messi has, to know if club president Laporta can offer him a short-term project where he can bring back some much-needed hope for Barcelona fans.

Two more years in Europe

In the meantime, Messi's objective is to continue in Europe for two more seasons, until 2023, before leaving for the United States to finish his career in style. In North America, the Barcelona player's salary is light years away from what he earns in Europe, so he could retire in a country where stars such as Henry and Ibrahimovic performed at a high level.