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Pochettino lifts lid on Messi, Mbappe and Neymar transfer links

Mauricio Pochettino says he is “optimistic” Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will both sign new contracts to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Tottenham boss has led the French club back to the Champions League semi-finals after they narrowly missed out on the trophy as runners-up last season.

Key to their charge has been the performances of their star duo, but PSG are faced with the prospect of losing both of their forwards in 2022 if neither commits to a new deal.

Neymar is continuing to stall over putting pen to paper, with reports claiming he has now been given an ultimatum of two weeks to agree to an extension, while Mbappe has remained tight-lipped as he bides his time over his future.

But despite speculation linking the pair with the exit door, Pochettino is hopeful they will stick around beyond next summer.

Pochettino says he is working hard to convince Kylian Mbappe to stay at PSG

“The objective is to keep the best players,” Pochettino told Cadena Ser. “The club wants to win the Champions League and the objective of this club is to keep Neymar and Kylian for many years.

“For three months we have had a very good relationship. Both players are very committed to the club. Every team wants to have them in their ranks. I am optimistic that they will stay.

“After sharing a changing room with Kylian for three months, I will fight with all my might to keep him with us.”

Neymar appears closer to extending his contract after admitting he felt “very comfortable” and “at home at PSG”, with PSG’s offer set to tie him down until 2027.

The situation of Mbappe appears a little more unstable, with interest from Real Madrid and Liverpool unsettling the World Cup winner, though he is said to be warming to the idea of remaining at PSG.

Neymar is edging closer to a new deal but is yet to put pen to paper
Neymar is edging closer to a new deal but is yet to put pen to paper

PSG may be forced to cash-in on either player if they cannot get new contracts finalised before the start of next season though, while the future of Lionel Messi could also play a part in what happens next.

Barcelona’s captain is still yet to decide whether he will be moving on to pastures new, with PSG one of the only sides who could afford his huge wages.

Messi’s previously determined stance to leave Barcelona appears to have softened in recent months, but the 33-year-old has said he will not make a final call until the current season has ended, while Pochettino was coy over any interest PSG held in the player.

“We said hello to each other and we spoke inside with Jordi Alba, Neymar and Rafinha. We had a good discussion,” Pochettino said, about the Champions League meeting between the teams last month. “I’m sure we’ll find out soon what is happening with Messi.

“But I don’t like to talk about players who are not in my squad. There are a lot of rumours and PSG work every year to improve the team. There is only a little time left before everything starts to move.”




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