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PSG Won’t Extend Lionel Messi’s Contract After Suspension for Saudi Trip

Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly decided against renewing Lionel Messi’s contract, following the Argentine’s unsolicited trip to Saudi Arabia.

The 35-year-old travelled to the Middle East following PSG’s shock 3-1 defeat to Lorient on Sunday. It is thought that Messi made the journey as part of his duties as the Gulf state’s tourism ambassador. But it was reported on Tuesday that this move was not sanctioned by the club, as training was scheduled for that day.

As a result, the Argentine received a two-week suspension without pay, but L’Equipe are now reporting a much more severe punishment.

It is now understood that PSG will not be renewing Messi’s contract at the end of the season. As has been widely reported, the Argentina star will see his current deal expire this summer, although the capital club did have the option to trigger a clause for a third season.

While senior officials at the club were said to have been leaning towards letting Messi leave, negotiations were still ongoing and an extension was still a plausible option. However, it now appears that the Saudi trip was the final nail in the coffin, with Messi’s departure this summer now a certainty.

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