World Cup Winner Lionel Messi To Return To Paris Saint-Germain Next Week


Lionel Messi scored two goals for Argentina against France in the FIFA World Cup final.© AFP

World Cup Winner Lionel Messi Paris Saint-Germain is set to return to work next week, his club coach Christophe Gaultier said on Tuesday. Messi, 35, was the linchpin of the Argentina side that won the World Cup in Qatar nine days ago, scoring twice in the final against France in a penalty shoot-out victory. He then returned to Argentina with his teammates to celebrate their third World Cup win.

Leo He had a very big World Cup with his win,” Gaultier said on the eve of PSG’s meeting with Strasbourg when Ligue 1 resumes on Wednesday after the World Cup break. “He had to return to Argentina for the festivities and we decided that he will be off until January 1. He will come and join us the second or third (January) to take the season with us.

“He will have 13 to 14 days of recovery.”

Messi is likely to miss two Ligue 1 matches and the French Cup match at Chateauroux, likely to return at home against Angers on January 11. He is also expected to sit down for talks with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and other top club officials. A one-season extension to his current contract in the French capital which expires in the summer.

Notable among PSG’s other World Cup players Kylian Mbappé And Neymar “Tomorrow (Wednesday) will be available for the match”, Gaultier said. Mbappe could even start, having returned to training just three days after the disappointment of losing the World Cup final despite his hat-trick.

“We confirm management on a case-by-case basis,” Gaultier said. “After talking to her, Kylian wanted to join us fairly quickly.”

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