PSG: “It’s over now, we want to move from the Parc des Princes,” says its president Nasser Al-Khelaifi

Cyrille de La Morinerie, and AFP
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7:27 p.m., February 8, 2024

This is news that will generate a lot of comments among PSG supporters. At the end of the UEFA Congress, the president of the Parisian club responded to the decision of the Paris Council not to sell the Parc des Princes. The Qatari leader now wants to turn the page and move to another venue. “It’s too easy to say now that the stadium is no longer for sale. We know what we want, we wasted years trying to buy the Park. It’s over now, we want to move on from the Park of Princes”, he insists.

The Paris Council reaffirmed last Tuesday that the Parc des Princes was not for sale. For mayor Anne Hidalgo, “the Park is part of the heritage of Parisians”, there is therefore no question of selling it despite the club’s proposals. On the other hand, the municipal assembly is not against the modernization of the stadium if it does not involve a transfer.

Anger from PSG

PSG wanted to expand the Parc des Princes to increase its capacity to 60,000 places compared to the current 48,000. Qatari leaders were ready to spend 500 million euros to carry out this work, but on condition of being able to buy the compound.

According to information from Europe 1, Parisian management believes that things are simple now and that the town hall’s vote simplifies things. The club considers that it no longer has any choice but to find a new venue to play its matches. PSG would have already moved if the town hall had indicated eight years ago that the stadium was for sale. In the president’s entourage, it is estimated that Nasser Al-Khelaïfi is building the club for the next 100 years and not for six-year political mandates like town hall.

And now ?

PSG leaders are meeting to now activate all relocation plans. For the moment, the Parisian club holds a long lease with the town hall for the rental of the Parc des Princes until 2043. PSG is in no hurry, but in the event of a move before the end of the contract, the club will have to pay penalties at Paris town hall, according to a lawyer consulted by Europe 1.

The Parisian club is studying several possibilities but it will not be the Stade de France. The State indicated that it was ultimately not a seller. Another solution is the construction of a new enclosure, within a 20 km radius around the Parc des Princes, accessible by the future Grand Paris Express metro. Moving to Poissy where it already has its training center is unlikely, because there is not enough space on the land already occupied by the club. On the other hand, the Yvelines department is ready to help PSG find a base.

Build a new ultra-modern tool

Qatari leaders do not hide it. They dream of an ultra-modern tool, with a minimum of 70,000 seats. The entry into the capital of the Arctos club to the tune of 12.5% ​​should help Parisian officials take the plunge. The American investment fund which holds shares in numerous American basketball, ice hockey and American football franchises, must help PSG develop its real estate strategy. In Montigny-le-Bretonneux, we are ready to welcome the Parisian club. The municipality owns land close to the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines leisure center and accessible via the RER C.

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