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What Neymar’s refusal to leave PSG means for Mbappe and Messi

Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar wants to finish his career at the club, reports The Athletic.

The Brazil international’s contract ends in 2027, and he intends to remain at Parc des Princes until then.

However, Neymar’s decision could affect the immediate futures of his attacking teammates.

Kylian Mbappe is entering the final 12 months of his contract and Lionel Messi’s deal expires in the summer.

The Argentine has been linked with a return to Barcelona, but nothing has been decided yet.

PSG snapped up Messi two years ago to boost their chances of finally the Champions League.

However, nothing has changed and it can be argued that his arrival did not improve the team.

Mbappe continues to be linked with Real Madrid, and PSG want to know if he plans to sign a two-year extension.

The attacking trio have struggled to prove effective against top opponents. Playing them together is not working and the project must be ditched.

With Neymar uninterested in an exit, PSG will likely be ready to let Messi leave.

The 35-year-old no longer regularly wields magical powers on the ball as he used to.

Age is slowly catching up on the World Cup winner, and he is in the twilight of his career.

Mbappe has always been central to Les Parisiens’ sporting project and remains their best player. He is just 24 and has yet to reach his peak years.

The French international will fancy his chances of helping PSG get their hands on the coveted prize.

However, they need to make major changes to their squad, and refusal to do that could force Mbappe to consider his future.

The Ligue 1 club need to know his decision before the summer transfer window opens.

They cannot afford to lose him for free and could be forced to cash in.

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