PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi: “We’re not welcome at the Parc des Princes.”

Speaking to MarcaParis Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi has said that the club doesn’t feel welcome at the Parc des Princes. 

The president of the reigning Ligue 1 champions first revealed the club’s intention to scout out alternative stadiums in an interview with Bloomberg last week, saying, “Paris deserves a better stadium.”  However, the club’s intention is to remain in the Parc des Princes, where they have played since 1974. PSG have been in discussions with local authorities about expanding the stadium, which isn’t owned by the club, but those negotiations have been unsuccessful. The club feel the need to increase the stadium’s 40,000 capacity in order to increase revenue. 

Al-Khelaïfi has now said that he believes that the city council, who own the iconic stadium, don’t want them to stay. “Our first choice is for us to stay, but I don’t think the city council want us to stay. They are pressuring us to leave. We have been in discussions with them for five years. Every time there are the same false promises: today, tomorrow, these elections, the next elections. We’re fed up with it,” he said. 

We need a fair agreement. I love the Parc des Princes, it is our history and I respect it more than anything, and staying has always been our first choice. But I don’t think we’re wanted there. The city council think that we’re joking around, but we’re not and we’re seriously considering alternative options. We’re looking at alternative options because we’re not welcome at the Parc des Princes. They’re playing with us and we’re tired of it,” he concluded. 

Al-Khelaïfi has previously said that buying the national stadium, the Stade de France is an option, whilst there are also two greenfield sites that could potentially be developed. 

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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