PSG play Troyes away on Sunday but Lionel Messi will not be on the pitch or on the bench.
The Argentinian star continues to be punished by his club, who imposed a 15-day suspension, despite the fact that Leo apologized on Friday in a homemade video in which he showed his regret for his trip to Saudi Arabia on Monday.
Following that video, a gesture of peace was expected from the club, which, for the moment, has not been forthcoming, although it is not ruled out that something will happen on Monday.
That gesture would be to forgive the player, remove the suspension and allow him to train with his teammates next week.
Let’s remember that Leo has not trained with his team since Monday, the day of the controversial training session. Tuesday was a day off and since Wednesday Leo has not been working with his teammates.
The club’s forgiveness is expected, but there is nothing official.
Meanwhile, the player is training on his own, waiting for news and this Monday he could attend the Laureus gala, which will be in Paris.
With his absence in Troyes, Messi is already looking ahead to the next Ligue 1 match against Ajaccio (13 May at home).
If he is not pardoned, which seems unlikely at this point, his return to the club would be on 21 May against Auxerre on the penultimate matchday of the Ligue 1 season. and when the Parisians may have already been mathematically crowned champions.
But, beyond that, what seems clear is that Messi‘s future will be away from PSG. One thing is that the club forgives him in terms of the sanction and another that their paths will cross next season.
With the Parisian route dead, and the Barcelona route very complicated, the only formal offer that is known to exist on the table right now is that of Saudi Arabia, although last night the newspaper ‘The Times’ mentioned that Leo still has the door open to PSG.
Al-Hilal, are offering him 400 million dollars per season. Leo’s priority is still to play for a top European team until at least the Copa America 2024, but we will have to see if such an opportunity arises.
In any case, this is still going to take a lot of twists and turns.
Saudi Arabia is the only tangible option at this juncture, but we should not rule out an MLS move, with Inter Miami having a long-standing interest. There is also the chance of a late Premier League offer.
Saudi Arabia is offering him not only a lucrative salary but also spectacular conditions in terms of remaining an ambassador for the country, with perhaps a two-year contract and privileged treatment in every way.