As reported by L’Équipe, Paris Saint-Germain are aiming to revamp their youth academy as a part of wider hierarchal changes being brought in by new sporting advisor Luis Campos and sporting director Antero Henrique. Ultra-modern training facilities are being constructed at the PSG’s future training facility at Poissy – where youth team facilities in particular will be key to organisational change at the club.
There are the beginnings of a change of attitude towards its youth academy at PSG, and it is starting right at the very top with Nasser al-Khelaïfi’s changing rhetoric, and on the ground with new youth facilities.
The Qatari told Le Parisien : “Eleven years ago I said I wanted to train the future Messi, today I say we want to train the future Mbappé, who would also come from Paris,” explained Nasser al-Khelaïfi ten days ago to Le Parisien. We will have the best training centre in the world. My goal for the next few years is to have only Parisian players in our team. There is so much talent in our region.”
The hope in the capital is to keep players within the ‘hotbed of talent’ that was heavily mediatised after France’s 2018 World Cup win – which saw predominantly Parisian-developed players feature in the team. In the future, the club hopes to keep the likes of Rabiot, Nkunku, Diaby, Ikoné, and Areola within the first team.