The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
‘Impatient’ PSG star Messi sets his sights on fifth Euro crown
Lionel Messi is dreaming about winning the Champions League again as he starts a new and unexpected chapter in his career with Paris St Germain.
Securing an elusive first triumph in Europe’s elite club competition will be the immediate target for the Argentina forward – who has won it four times with Barcelona – and his expensively assembled team-mates in a side that finished second in Ligue 1 last season.
However, president Nasser Al-Khelaifi also hopes his marquee signing will have a longerterm impact, by persuading the indemand Kylian Mbappe to stay, as the 22-year-old France international is in the final 11 months of his contract.
“I feel this club is ready to fight for all the trophies.
This is my goal, I want to keep growing and keep winning titles and that is why I came to this club,” Messi – who has signed a two-year deal with the option of a third – told a press conference at the Parc de Princes.
“I am really impatient, I still want to win, as I did the first moment of my career.”
Al-Khelaifi believes Messi’s arrival sends an important message both externally and internally, effectively telling Mbappe to sign a new contract.
“He (Mbappe) wanted a competitive team and I think we have the most competitive in the world so there is no excuse for him now, he can’t do anything else but stay,” he said.
Al-Khelaifi defended the club’s continued massive spending, with Messi on a reported £570,000 a week.