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PSG president drops update on Lionel Messi contract talks

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The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner could become a free agent next summer should he choose not to continue in France at the end of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is confident Lionel Messi will extend his contract with the Ligue 1 leaders once talks between the club and player begin after the World Cup.

The Argentina captain is in the second and final year of his two-year contract in Paris. Recent reports in the press have linked him with a return to Barcelona and an MLS move to Inter Miami.

“Definitely. He’s very happy, you can see that with the national team,” Al-Khelaifi told Sky Sports about Messi.

“If a player’s not happy you will see their performance is not good for the national team. He performed fantastic this season for us, he’s scored a lot of goals and assists for the national team and for the club.

“So, what we agreed together – that after the World Cup, sit down together. But both sides – our side of the club and him – are very happy, so we will talk after the World Cup.”

Under new PSG manager Christophe Galtier, Messi has enjoyed an upturn in form this season. The 35-year-old has 12 goals and 14 assists to his name in 19 appearances across all club competitions.

He has carried his excellent form over to the World Cup, helping Argentina reach the quarter-finals with three goals and one assist in four matches. The South Americans will play the Netherlands later today in Qatar.