Anne Hidalgo doesn’t want to sell Parc des Princes, PSG says ready to “come out of her house”

Parc des Princes “not for sale” in Paris Saint-Germain, said the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, in an interview broadcast on Saturday 14 January by Parisiandrew the wrath of the capital’s club, which said it was ready “to leave the house”.

Negotiations stalled, now deadlocked. “This is a firm and definite position. This is the great legacy of the Parisians.”, said the elected socialist to the daily’s readers. The city’s team says it’s open to dialogue so far, though the sale isn’t theirs “priority option”. After this publication, the spokesperson for the club said to himself “disappointed and surprised” that City Hall wants “to expel Paris Saint-Germain and their supporters from the Parc des Princes”.

“The mayor forced PSG to leave his house”, he regretted. The club reiterated that they needed a stadium bigger than its current 47,000 seats, a modest capacity compared to its European rivals and their 60,000 to 90,000 seat stadium. Recurring topic since 2015.

Since 2011 and the takeover of PSG by QSI (Qatar Sports Investments), planetary star club Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar have won eight French championships and six French Cups, in particular. But failing to conquer the Champions League, the main goal, failed in the 2020 final.

PSG conditioned its investment to buy the stadium

The club also recalled that they had invested 85 million euros in a tool that did not belong to them and that the town hall, by refusing to sell it, fulfilled a promise from QSI to inject “Additional 500 million euros” to modernize and enlarge the Porte de Saint-Cloud enclosure.

“It is clear that such a large investment will only be made by PSG if we become the owners of the Parc des Princesclub plague. By rejecting our very significant investment (…), the mayor imposes a tax burden of several million euros on Paris taxpayers to maintain the stadium structure which is more than 50 years old and requires a complete renovation. »

Parc des Princes, headquarters of Paris-Saint-Germain, in the 16ᵉ arrondissement of Paris, on June 1, 2022.

Join Agence France-Presse, the points leader PSG “greed” of the mayor of Paris, and added that the club “don’t want to be city hall hostage in this negotiation”. This source refers to a “financial suicide”because the municipality has to pay “30 million euros just to meet environmental standards. The stadium as it stands is not at all “green”, if ever MI Hidalgo thought he would woo the elect of environmentalists with this decision..

As for the supporters who only think of PSG at the Parc, “the position of mayor completely ignores them”leader plague.

Strong difference regarding the price of the Parc des Princes

The former presidential candidate from the Socialist Party did not mention the hypothesis of leaving the club. “We must support PSG in its desire and need for renovation, capacity building, modernization of the Park”although “part of the stadium is on the ring road, so you can’t dig in”she says.

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Inaugurated first in 1897 then in 1972 with its new architecture, the former velodrome has hosted the Parisian club since 1974. The current lease, which took effect in 2014, runs for thirty years. At the end of November 2022, PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, has opened the ax on this. “They pressured us to leave”has toppled the Qatari leader in a scathing interview against the city government.

The club has indeed formulated a takeover bid, but according to the first deputy, Emmanuel Grégoire, quoted from Parisianthe amount offered by PSG is 40 million euros. “It’s cheaper than Paredes”Argentine midfielder “buy 50 million euros”he sneered, drawing the wrath of Master Al-Khelaïfi.

The PSG leader contacted by AFP did not want to confirm the figure but offered the club’s asking price “seven to eight times higher than the town hall’s own assessment”. “Everyone loses in the position taken by the mayor. PSG is now forced to look for alternative options to relocate the club”concluded a spokesman for the French champions. “This is not the result the club, nor its supporters expected”.

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