PSG: 'We want the new Messi'
Qatar Sports Investment officially became the majority shareholder of Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday and future Head of the Board, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, has a five-year plan to take PSG to the top of the tree, in France and abroad...
QSI bought 70 per cent of the club from, now minority, shareholder Colony Capital, who retains 29 per cent of the capital club. Butler Capital Partners maintain their one per cent share of the club while Association PSG holds one share.
Champions League football from next season
Al-Khelaïfi outlined the new owners' long-term plans for the club:
"We have defined a first strategy for the next five years, but we are here for the long term," he told sports daily L'Equipe.
"Paris Saint-Germain has an enormous potential - they are the only big football club in a city of 12 million inhabitants! That's unique in Europe. Our aim is to qualify for the Champions League every year as of 2012. Then, from 2015, we want to play a major role in the French championship."
"Obviously, everyone dreams of winning the league, but our priority, right from next season in the Champions League and that means finishing in the top three."
Rumours... Samuel Eto'o, Kaka, Berbatov...
Rumours in France have linked the new owners to big names such as Kaka, Dimitar Berbatov and Samuel Eto'o, but Al-Khelaïfi wants the stars of tomorrow.
"They are great players, footballing legends, but more than anything we want the new Messi," continued the 37-year-old former tennis player. "We don't want to sign Lionel Messi, but we want to invest in the big stars of tomorrow from all over the world, including France."