PSG renew contract of star player; believe it can help to lure Messi

Paris Saint-Germain have renewed the contract of star forward Angel di Maria – a close friend and international teammate of Lionel Messi.

A report in El Mundo Deportivo outlines how the Parisian club believe the contract renewal can help their plan to sign the Blaugrana superstar as a free agent this year.

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Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria

Di Maria’s previous deal at the Parc des Princes had been set to expire this summer but he has now renewed for a further 12 months.

The update directly followed a report from journalist Marcelo Bechler earlier on Friday that the French champions were growing increasingly confident of landing Messi this year.

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Di Maria and Messi faced each other in this week’s Champions League encounter, with PSG running out 5-2 victors on aggregate despite a rallying second leg display from the Blaugrana.

Last summer’s Messi news saw him attempt to leave the club as a free agent but he backed down on his stance as he did not want to go to court to force the move, and he stayed for this campaign.

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