Paris Saint Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi is currently considering his future options, with the 29-year-old being attracted to the possibility of playing in the English Premier League, as reported by Le Parisien.
After spending five seasons with the Ligue 1 champions, Matuidi is now understood to be seeking a fresh challenge but has as yet not submitted a formal transfer request to PSG.
At present although PSG are participating in the International Champions Cup in America, Matuidi is on holiday with the expectation being that he will to return to training at the club’s Camps des Loges training ground on 2 August.
PSG keen to keep Matuidi
In the meantime whilst PSG are believed as being receptive in terms of listening to offers for Matuidi, who they bought from Saint Etienne in 2011 to replace the retired Claude Makelele, they nevertheless have a strong desire to keep a hold of the talented holding midfielder, as expressed by their new manager Unai Emery.
“Matuidi is a fantastic player and he belongs to PSG. Logically, I do not wish to lose fantastic players. As his coach, I support him and I await his return to the team. Circumstances, whereby he leaves, could change that but that is not want I want,” declared Emery, who was unveiled as PSG’s new manager at the end of June.
Since then the 44-year-old Spaniard has not had the opportunity to work with Matuidi, who is under contract with PSG until 2018, with talks over the possibility of extending that not having yet taken place.
Whether such talks will materialise remains unclear but it is likely that PSG’s President Nasser Al-Khelefai and the club’s assistant athletic director Olivier Letang will try to hold them with Matuidi, in order to persuade the French internationalist to stay in Paris rather than move abroad.
Preference for the English Premier League
In the event of the latter, his preferred destination is thought to be one of the big club’s in the English Premier League. However given that Chelsea have signed N’Golo Kante for £30m from Leicester and Paul Pogba is being pursued by Manchester United, a move to either of those teams seems at present unlikely. Nevertheless in the event United manager Jose Mourinho is unable to agree a deal with Juventus for Pogba, the Portuguese may turn his attention to recruiting Matuidi.
Ultimately since Matuidi still has two years left on his PSG contract, the club are in a strong position to bargain a high transfer fee for the player, who is reported to earn wages in the region of £670,000 per month. As such, those two factors could potentially combine to deter any clubs interested in signing Matuidi from making an offer for him, with PSG as yet not having received any.
Matuidi’s glittering reputation
During five years with PSG, he has made 237 appearances in all competitions for the club, whilst helping them to win the Ligue 1 title for the last four consecutive years. Named as the French player of the year for 2015 Matuidi, who started his career with Troyes, has 50 French caps to his name and was a key member of Didier Deschamps’ side which reached the final of Euro 2016.
Subsequently what with being firmly established as one of the best holding midfielders in world football, regardless of where Matuidi’s future lies, he is likely to continue enjoying great success in his career.