‘We’ll simply go and build another stadium’: PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says that the club will leave the Parc des Princes if their bid to take over the ground is unsuccessful after their opening bid of €40million was deemed ‘not serious’
- PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said he is happy for the club to move stadium
- The club are bidding to buy Parc des Princes but have so far been unsuccessful
- PSG bid €40m for the stadium but this was deemed as a ‘not serious’ attempt
- The assistant to the Mayor of Paris joked the bid was less than Leandro Paredes
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has warned the Mayor of Paris that if their bid to buy the Parc des Princes is unsuccessful – the club will build another stadium elsewhere.
The French club have played in the stadium since they moved there in 1974 but, according to Al-Khelaifi, PSG are more than happy to relocate.
Speaking to L’Equipe, whilst watching the World Cup in Qatar, the PSG president questioned why the deal for the stadium is proving to be so tricky.
PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi has said that the club are happy to move to a different home
Al-Khelaifi said: ‘I have a question: what is the value of the stadium without PSG? It’s nothing. The Mayor should also ask what the club brings to the city of Paris as well.’
It appears that the 49-year-old is beginning to lose his patience and has decided to go on the offensive during negotiations.
Al-Khelaifi then continued – warning of a move elsewhere: ‘If they think we’re going to invest €500m, we’ll simply go and build another stadium.
‘[I have told the Mayor] that if they don’t want to accept our offer, we’ll leave. We’re not threatening. We’ll shake each other’s hands, thank the Mayor and say goodbye.’
The PSG president has made it no secret that the club does not need to stay at the Parc des Princes – previously claiming that the club ‘doesn’t feel welcome’ at the stadium in an interview with Marca.
Negotiations are still ongoing for the stadium and the assistant to the Mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoire said he’s happy to continue talks.
PSG first bid €40million for the stadium but this was instantly dismissed by the current owners – claiming it was ‘not serious’.
In an interview with Le Parisien, Gregoire joked that the price bid was even less than PSG paid for midfielder Leandro Paredes.
Gregoire said: ‘PSG are offering €40m. It’s less than Paredes. Really?!? Do you really think that the Parc des Princes is worth less than Paredes.’