Anne Hidalgo does not want to sell Parc des Princes, PSG says it is ready “to leave its house”

Parc des Princes “will not be sold” in Paris Saint Germain, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said in an interview broadcast on Saturday, January 14 by The Parisianwhich drew the ire of the capital club, which said it was ready for “to leave home”.

The negotiations stalled, they are now at an impasse. “It is a firm and final position. It is a unique legacy of the Parisians”, said the elected socialist in the daily’s columns. The municipal team said so far open to dialogue, although the sale was not theirs “priority option”. Following this publication, a spokesman for the club said to himself “disappointed and surprised” as the Town Hall wants “to remove Paris Saint Germain and its supporters from the Parc des Princes”.

“The mayor forces PSG to leave his house”, he regrets. The club reiterates that it needs a stadium larger than the current 47,000 seats, a modest capacity compared to its European rivals and their stadiums of 60,000 to 90,000 seats. A recurring topic since 2015.

Since 2011 and the takeover of PSG by QSI (Qatar Sports Investments), the club of planet stars Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar, among others, has won eight French championships and six French cups. But the Champions League, which he played in the final in 2020, his main goal, still eludes him.

PSG conditions its investments on the purchase of the stadium

The club also recalls that it has already invested 85 million euros in a tool that does not belong to it, and that by refusing to sell it, the town hall is depriving itself of the investment promised by QSI. “Further 500 million euros” to modernize and enlarge the enclosure of the Porte de Saint-Cloud.

“It is obvious that such a large investment will only be made by PSG if we become owners of the Parc des Princes.trouble the club. By rejecting our very significant investment (…), the mayor imposes a tax burden of several million euros on Parisian taxpayers to maintain the structure of a stadium that is over fifty years old and in need of a complete renovation. »

Parc des Princes, home of Paris Saint Germain, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, on June 1, 2022.

Together with Agence France-Presse, a PSG manager points out “greed” by the mayor of Paris, adding that the club “don’t want to be hostage to the town hall in this negotiation”. This source refers to a “financial suicide”because the municipality had to pay “30 million euros just to bring it up to environmental standards. The stadium as it stands is not at all ‘green’ if ever Mme Hidalgo thought he would seduce elected environmentalists with this decision..

As for the supporters who only consider PSG on the park, “the mayor’s attitude completely ignores them”bother the manager.

Strong differences regarding the price of the Parc des Princes

The Socialist Party’s former presidential candidate did not mention the possibility of a departure from the club. “We must support PSG in its desire and need for renovation, capacity increase, modernization of the park”though “part of the stadium is on the ring road, so you can’t dig”she says.

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The former velodrome, inaugurated first in 1897 and then in 1972 with its new architecture, has hosted the Parisian club since 1974. The current lease, which came into force in 2014, runs for thirty years. At the end of November 2022, the president of PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, had dug up the hatchet on this subject. “They are pressuring us to leave”had dropped the Qatari leader in a cruel interview against the municipality.

The club has indeed formulated a takeover offer, but according to the first deputy, Emmanuel Grégoire, quoted by The Parisianthe amount offered by PSG was 40 million euros. “It’s cheaper than Paredes”the Argentine midfielder “bought 50 million euros”he had taunted, drawing the wrath of Mr Al-Khelaïfi.

The head of PSG, contacted by AFP, did not want to confirm these figures, but evokes a price that was asked for the club “seven to eight times higher than the Town Hall’s own assessments”. “Everyone loses from the position the mayor takes. PSG are now forced to find opportunities (…) to move the clubconcludes the spokesperson for France’s champions. This is not the result that the club and its supporters were hoping for. »

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