On the verge of the World Cup final kicking off on Sunday, Italian newspaper Gazzetta published an interview with PSG president in which he discussed different topics from Lionel Messi's contract extension to Kylian Mbappe's potential departure next summer.
In a few hours both Mbappe and Messi will face off at the largest of stages and under the bright lights of Lusail, in Qatar.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, a true ambassador of the World Cup as the most visible Qatari in world football, has spoken to multiple outlets in the past few weeks and days.
Al-Khelaifi spoke one last time before the final on Sunday, candidly talking to Gazzetta in an interview in which he dropped tasty nuggets of information, as is customary from the flamboyant personality.
"No decision will be made on Leo Messi's contract until the new year," said the president confirming the earlier reports about the negotiations between the Argentina international and PSG.
"We are very happy and Leo is very happy with us too. We will find the best solution with Messi." Al-Khelaifi made clear that both PSG and Messi "are so happy and (the relationship between them) is fantastic".
Nasser Al-Khelaifi is proud of PSG having 11 players in the World Cup, and will look to solve Mbappe's and Messi's situations
Asked about Kylian Mbappe and the rumors surrounding him talking about a potential exit from PSG next summer, the president said that "Kylian just signed a new contract with PSG a few months ago and he is happy to be part of the PSG project."
"Let's remember that PSG have not lost a single game this season," said Nasser. That, simply put, is a very true fact that can't be argued and Mbappe, as of now, can't find an equally strong club as PSG has been through the first half of the 2022-23 season.
Wrapping up the Mbappe and Messi topics, the president said that "Kylian has just renewed" and that "Leo has a contract," finishing his final statement by adding that "[PSG] won't make any decision until the new year."
"PSG will find the best solution with Messi," promised Al-Khelaifi. "Like all our other players, they are very happy at PSG."
Discussing other issues such as PSG players involved in the World Cup, Al-Khelaifi showed himself "proud of having three players (including Achraf Hakimi)" in the semi-finals of the tournament.
"Morocco lit up the tournament," thinks Al-Khelaifi.
As the president stated in his latest interview with Gazzetta, he and QSI "bought PSG ten years ago for €70M," which adds value to his next remark.
"To have 11 PSG players in the World Cup is something incredible".
Finally, Al-Khelaifi showed some love to some other Middle East nations saying that he "is also a fan of teams from our region, like Morocco," and that those teams "gave us many emotions." He pointed out that "82% of Moroccans watched the Round of 16 game against Spain on television."
As Al-Khelaifi sees it, the figures above "are incredible" and they "testify to the power of football and the passions it arouses in [the Middle East]." He added that the victory of Saudi Arabia over Argentina was "one of the most spectacular and surprising matches."
The PSG president had told RMC on Friday that "his second country is France" and that he "hopes it will be France" winning the World Cup on Sunday.