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PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi insists Lionel Messi deal won’t breach FFP rules

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Nasser Al-Khelaifi is adamant Paris Saint-Germain will comply with Financial Fair Play regulations despite the arrival of Lionel Messi.

Messi was officially unveiled as a PSG player on Tuesday after his shock free transfer from Barcelona. Despite the lack of transfer fee, The Athletic understands it will still be an expensive transfer for the French giants.

It is understood Messi, 34, will be paid a sign-on fee of €25 million and has signed a two-year contract with a net salary of €25 million per year.

The deal includes an option of a third year at the same rate.

But PSG president Al-Khelaifi does not believe PSG are at risk of breaching FFP after the signing of the 34-year-old.

Asked about it, he said: ” I was waiting for this question. For us, always, as we said, we follow the FFP regulation from day one that we started. We will always fulfill the regulation.

“We always look at things with our commercial people and our financial people, we saw we had the capacity to sign him. If not, we wouldn’t have signed him. What Leo will bring to the club, that is huge.

“That’s what you as media need to focus on, not just the negative side but also the positive, in terms of commercial, in terms of social media, the club being increased, every single part of the club, in three days.

“Later we will give you some numbers and you will be shocked. I hope Leo will not ask for more salary, but always we will fulfil the financial fair play regulation.”

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