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Meunier open to PSG exit: “There have been phone calls”

By Steve Jennings

Published: 20:50, 4 June 2019

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has admitted he is open to leaving the French champions, revealing there has been contact with “a dozen clubs”.

Meunier admitted he is likely to leave PSG at the end next season when his contract expires, if he isn’t sold this summer.

Why is Meunier’s PSG future in doubt? Five key things to know…

  1. Meunier has been an important member of PSG’s squad since joining from Club Brugge in 2016.
  2. However, the Belgian has never made more than 24 league appearances in a single season for the Parisians.
  3. In 2018/19, he made just 20 Ligue 1 appearances having been rotated at right-back with Dani Alves.
  4. Meunier has just one year left on his contract and has noted he plays just “one game out of three”.
  5. The 27-year-old has been linked with Manchester United.

PSG could lose Dani Alves and Adrien Rabiot on free transfers this summer, something that could also happen to Meunier in a year’s time.

But the right-back says it is unclear whether he will sign a new deal or be sold.

Meunier told Le Parisien: “It (leaving on a free) is something that could suit me. I do not think the club would make a lot of money on me, actually. I have a market value, but I’m a defender, I played one game in three, I’m going to be 28 years old.

“It’s not like Adrien Rabiot who is worth 50 million euros. I told the club that I was ready to stay, that I would like it a lot. They did not tell me ‘we absolutely want to sell you’. They know that at some point they will need me.

“If the club tells me, ‘listen, we want to sell you, we need money, there is financial fair play’, and that I will not play next year, we will find a solution that will please the two camps, of course.

“There is no advanced contact [with other clubs]. There have been phone calls since January with interested clubs. There are a dozen clubs, all of which are in the top five of their league.”

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Has Meunier ruled out a move to Man Utd?

Meunier’s claim that his suitors are in the “top five of their league” suggests Manchester United – who finished sixth in the Premier League – is no longer an option.

He may have meant clubs towards the top of the likes of the Premier League and La Liga rather than specifically the top five teams in each division.

But regardless of what he was getting at, Untied may find it difficult to lure Meunier without Champions League football.

What’s more, Meunier had strong words to say about PSG’s defeat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the Champions League round-of-16.

He said: “The match against Manchester United is just the biggest joke in football history. I could have bet a million euros that we could not lose.

“Not to qualify, it was really catastrophic. Everyone is well aware of this. The Champions League is still the major problem.”