PSG: Qatar’s unfinished 10-year dream

Paris, May 5 (EFE).- Qatar’s 10-year Parisian dream of relishing the European glory has been put on hold once more as Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out of the Champions League semifinals.

Since Qatar Sports Investments acquired the French club 2011, it has spent heavily to build a strong team, making Brazil’s Neymar the most costly player in the world by paying Barcelona 222 million euros for his services.

The squad also features Kylian Mbappé, who joined the club for 180 million euros, as well as experienced stars such as Ángel di María, Marquinhos, Marco Verratti and Keylor Navas.

But this was not to be enough for the French club to get past Manchester City in the semifinal as the European mission appeared to be more elusive than initially expected.

Shortly after landing in Paris, the man appointed by the Emir of Qatar to lead PSG, Nasser al-Khelaifi, revealed that his project was to dominate Europe in “five years.”

The latest blow came as the five-year commitment of his star duo is on the verge of expiration.

For a long time, Neymar’s contract talks appeared to be progressing, but the defeat could alter the plans of the Brazilian, who was deeply invested in turning out the encounter against City. 

Meanwhile, the French star has showed less enthusiasm for extending his contract as he know the importance of the next step of his career.

The former Monaco player has repeatedly eluded to comment on his future and his agent has put off rushing to an agreement amid reports linking him to a move away from Paris.

The coming days could prove crucial on this front as the team will switch their focus to the domestic competition, where they trail leader Lille by one point.

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