Thiago Motta’s agent threatens move, slams ‘disrespectful’ PSG

Date published: Wednesday 28th June 2017 7:36 - Matthew Briggs

Thiago Motta’s agent has placed a Friday deadline on Paris Saint-Germain’s contract renewal talks with his client.

The 34-year-old midfielder has been in talks with the Ligue 1 club for the last few months over a new deal with his current contract set to expire this month.

And the Italy international’s agent Alessandro Canovi has issued June 30 as a cut-off date at which point the defensive midfielder will look elsewhere.

“This is the first time that I have seen so many difficulties obstruct a written agreement,” Canovi told Foot Mercato.

“If on the 30th [of June] he has not renewed, it is over.

“Thiago has been available and patient. I have come four times [to Paris]. We have spoken lots but each time there are things that do not move. As far as I can see, Thiago is not a priority for PSG.”

It’s understood that there was an agreement with the club that Motta would play one more season with PSG before taking an upstairs role with the capital club.

But since that was agreed with sporting director Olivier Letang and director of football Patrick Kluivert, both of whom have left the club.

Antero Henrique has since taken over as PSG’s new sporting director and it appears he is not keen on extending MOtta’s five-and-a-half year stay at the Parc des Princes.

“What I find curious is that there are so many difficulties,” added Canovi. “It might mean that they have changed their minds. They have never said that they do not want to keep Thiago but they have had six months to discuss this. There was an agreement.

“I find it truly incredible and it lacks respect towards Thiago. He has always rebuffed offers to see what he could have with PSG instead.

“If he has not signed by Friday, it is over. I am available to find a solution but Thiago is not in Paris.

“They have not understood what a champion Thiago is,” Canovi said. “I thought I had an agreement. That was the first surprise. I find it strange to make a new deal after another contract has ended. It means they are unsure. They are active on this topic but in ‘light’ mode.

“They have failed to understand how necessary it was to speak with Thiago. He was not asking for anything. On the contrary, all he did was declare his love for the club. We will see which project will be best for Thiago. We will look at everything but only from July 1.”

Espanyol have been linked with a move for the player, who has more than 200 appearances for PSG, including 42 in all competitions last season.

It remains to be seen whether he will be touted to any Premier League clubs.

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