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PSG target 'new Lionel Messi'

Qatar Sports Investment (QSI) have laid out their plans for French side PSG, claiming that they want to sign the next Lionel Messi and win the Ligue 1 title inside five years.

QSI bought 70% of the club from Colony Capital last week, with Nasser Al-Khelaifi appearing to clarify the club's long-term ambitions.

"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 in France have linked the big-spending club with the likes of Kaka, Dimitar Berbatov and Samuel Eto'o, but Al-Khelaifi maintains he wants the stars of tomorrow.

"They are great players, footballing legends, but more than anything we want the new Messi," he added. "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."

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