PSG plans for next season start to emerge

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Although PSG still have to finish the current season while in search of an 11th Ligue 1 title, the general lines of the team for the 2023/24 season are already getting clearer with the foundation of the project already well known: Kylian Mbappe and the youngsters from the training center, are going to be the key.

PSG are already at the moment of their season at which they start to think about the next one, even more so when it comes to their fans.

After getting knocked off the Champions League, the first sketches of the team for the next campaign are already starting to appear. At this time, Luis Campos is still the sports advisor, and Christophe Galtier is the coach, although it remains to be seen what will happen with them by the end of the campaign.

The only sure thing is that Kylian Mbappe will be the central figure of the project, no matter what happens with Neymar and Lionel Messi. As a source close to PSG revealed to the newspaper Le Parisien after this new UCL elimination, "it is disappointing but the reconstruction must go on."

Kylian Mbappe and some starters, pillars of the ongoing PSG project

For some of the other players in tow, the foundation of next season's PSG is already factoring them in, even if that's only because of the contractual situations they find themselves in: Marquinhos will renew, until 2026 or 2027, and therefore will stay put in Paris; the same goes for Marco Verratti who already extended his deal.

Undisputed at left-back, Nuno Mendes is also non-transferable while Gianluigi Donnarumma must also continue in the Parisian goal. Achraf Hakimi should also stay put on the right side of the defense, with his off-field situation still to be resolved.

As for other players on the squad, Danilo Pereira should continue at PSG, appreciated by both the players and the sports management, something that is not so common in Paris. Le Parisien revealed that last summer's signings Fabian Ruiz, Vitinha, Renato Sanches, and Nordi Mukiele will continue in the French capital, which seems logical after having arrived just a few months ago.

Despite a first season far from expectations, Hugo Ekitike would also stay. There are already about ten players who will make up the backbone of next season's squad, plus Inter Milan's center-back Milan Skriniar, who has already signed for the Parisian club in advance of next summer's transfer market.

Doubts about Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, and other players

On the side of the three big names in the Parisian squad, there are doubts. Leo Messi's contract renewal has not advanced much although PSG, at least before the defeat in Munich, wanted to extend his contract.

To know more about Sergio Ramos' future we will have to wait and see what happens at the end of the season, although Christophe Galtier seems to appreciate his contributions.

The case of Neymar, operated on Friday to solve his ankle issues and whose season is already over, remains pending. The Brazilian wants to stay at PSG where he has a contract until 2027 but Paris will not refuse to sell him

The Parisian board also expects many departures among the players on loan (Mauro Icardi, Julian Draxler, Layvin Kurzawa, Georginio Wijnaldum, etc.) and they have opened the door for Juan Bernat and Carlos Soler.

Aware that they can rely on an Academy capable of producing high-level players, PSG finally have got it right and are relying on such a goldmine, with Warren Zaire-Emery at the lead and as the no. 1 priority for the Parisian club to develop among those belonging to this group of youngsters who will receive more and more opportunities going forward.

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This desire to trust more in the players trained at PSG is confirmed by L'Equipe, which also specifies that it is linked to the Financial Fair Play constraints that will inevitably stop Paris this summer. Luis Campos is "very aware of the enormous potential" of the training center and, therefore, must continue to give opportunities to more Titis.