Phil Neville has extended his contract as the head coach of MLS side Inter Miami, which is owned by his former Manchester United teammate David Beckham.
This means that the chances of Neville being Lionel Messi‘s coach in the future have grown.
The MLS side are thought to be plotting a move for the Argentina legend, who is still playing for Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi‘s PSG contract is up in the summer of 2023 and that is when Inter Miami will try and sign him. The French club would like to keep Messi, though, and are working to get him to sign a new contract.
Phil Neville’s Inter Miami contract renewal
Neville‘s new contract offers a certain level of stability to the club which could be attractive for Messi.
« We are excited to continue our partnership with Phil and build on the foundation put in place this year, » said the club’s chief soccer officer and sporting director Chris Henderson.
« He has helped Inter Miami build a winning culture, and we feel our processes, collaboration and communication have begun to bear fruit.
« We are ready for the road ahead and are confident we are heading in the right direction. »
Neville arrived at Inter Miami in January 2021 and was at the helm of a sporting reorganisation that included the addition of 18 players to have the most successful season in the club’s three-year history in 2022, qualifying for the playoffs for the second time with an institution-record points total (48), thanks to 14 wins, 47 goals scored and placing sixth in the Eastern Conference.
« It’s a great honor to stay at Inter Miami, I’ve always thought long-term, I’ve always thought that I want to be at this club for a long time, » Neville said.
« I think we’re in the early growth period of this club, the early building process, and I feel as if we’ve made great strides over the last two years, but by no means is the journey finished.
« In 2022 we finished sixth in the league, we got into playoffs. But that’s not success, that’s progression. The expectation is to win. »
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