Paris Saint-Germain have hit back at recent claims that parent company Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) are looking to sell the club after the 2022 World Cup, labelling it ‘fake news’.
The rumour appears to have been started by Spanish network El Chiringuito, with no love lost between PSG and the media in Spain in recent years.
A statement issued by the club to RMC, confirmed that they 'categorically and completely deny this fake news'. It also cuttingly added, 'it’s no coincidence that it’s come from a cheap Spanish outlet'.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi was appointed chairman of QSI shortly before the PSG takeover and has served as the club’s president ever since the deal went through.
QSI completed its takeover of PSG in 2011 and have bankrolled unprecedented levels of domestic success within French football – the club won only its third ever French title in 2012/13, but is now only a few weeks away from sealing an eighth Ligue 1 crown in the space of ten seasons.
PSG also more than doubled the transfer world record in 2017 when they triggered Neymar’s €222m buyout clause at Barcelona, following that up with the €180m capture of Kylian Mbappe soon after.
However, the dream of Champions League glory has so far eluded the club. Despite reaching the final in 2020 in an unusually squeezed knockout phase due to the Covid-19 pandemic, PSG have only gone past the quarter-finals on one other occasion.
They have been eliminated at the last 16 stage in four of the last six seasons, including in this current campaign when a collapse in the second half of the second leg against Real Madrid eradicated what had been a healthy aggregate lead.