Paris Saint-Germain's star-studded 25-man Champions League squad does not feature Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico or Rafinha.

PSG made some outstanding additions in the recent transfer window, signing Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and, of course, Lionel Messi, before adding full-back Nuno Mendes on deadline day.

The Ligue 1 giants also kept hold of Kylian Mbappe, reportedly rebuffing three offers from Real Madrid. Madrid's final bid for Mbappe, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, was rumoured to be in the region of €200million, but PSG did not blink.

A major factor in their resolve may well have been the desire to win the Champions League.

Thomas Tuchel guided PSG to the final in 2020 before Mauricio Pochettino saw his team slip to a semi-final defeat to Manchester City last term, but with Mbappe, Messi and Neymar leading their attack, the Parisians are big contenders to finally end their wait for European glory.

PSG have been drawn against Manchester City in Group A, alongside RB Leipzig and Club Brugge.

Pochettino's 25-man squad for the competition was released on Friday, with a wealth of options at his disposal.

Bernat, who was a key player under Tuchel but missed most of last season with a severe knee injury, is not included, with Layvin Kurzawa and Mendes the left-back options, while Abdou Diallo has been filling in there.

Goalkeeper Rico also fails to make the cut, as does former Barcelona midfielder Rafinha, who at one point looked set to move out before the transfer deadline.

Messi, Neymar and Mbappe spearhead a fearsome list of attacking options that also includes Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria, while Donnarumma takes his place as one of four goalkeepers. PSG have included eight youth players as reserves, taking the total count to 33.

Ramos is yet to feature since his arrival from Madrid, but the veteran centre-back is due to return to action this month.

PSG kick off their Champions League campaign against Brugge on September 15.

Juan Bernat has signed a new four-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

The left-back is nearing the end of his third season with PSG having signed from Bayern Munich in 2018.

Bernat, 28, was due to be out of contract at the end of 2020-21 but will now be tied to PSG until June 2025.

He has not played since last September due to an ACL injury.

PSG sporting director Leonardo had publicly stated he was targeting four big contract renewals for the French champions – Angel Di Maria, Bernat, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Di Maria and Bernat are done, meaning the attention moves fully to the two star forwards, particularly with huge speculation the club will pursue Lionel Messi when his Barcelona contract expires at the end of the season.

"I am very happy to have been able to extend my contract with Paris, I have always said that I feel good here," Bernat said after his new deal was announced on Tuesday.

"I really wanted to continue my adventure with the club, it's now happened and I am very happy about it.

"It's a bit of everything, it's the club, it's the affection that everyone shows me here, the supporters, my team-mates. 

"There is a really exciting project here and I am happy to be a part of it.

"I think that we can achieve great things together, that's one of the reasons that I wanted to continue my time here at the club, and I hope to be able to play here for several more years."

Bernat is hoping to return before the end of the season, with PSG three points behind Lille at the top of Ligue 1 and in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Valencia youth product added: "The league is very tight this year, we are just three points behind the leaders and I hope we will make up these points. 

"I also hope to be available for the final games and to help the team. For the moment, we can only think about working hard and winning each match."

Paris Saint-Germain are getting close to a decision over a new deal for Kylian Mbappe, the club's sporting director Leonardo has revealed.

The Frenchman, who has scored 90 goals in just 100 appearances for PSG since arriving from Monaco in 2017, will be one year out from the expiry of his contract when the current season comes to a close.

As such, in the event that new terms cannot be agreed, PSG would need to sanction a transfer this close-season if they are to avoid losing Mbappe for free.

However, Leonardo remains relaxed about ongoing discussions, even if he admitted that a conclusion will need to be reached soon.

"On Kylian Mbappe's contract, we've been talking for a long time," the Brazilian told France Bleu.

"Before, it was mainly to be clear about our position and what we want. There, I think we are getting to the point where we must take a position and a decision.

"We have a good opening of dialogue."

Like Mbappe, Neymar is also less than 18 months out from the expiry of his deal with the French champions.

Leonardo is keen to find a resolution on that front, too, and hopes to find an agreement with Angel Di Maria and Juan Bernat over new terms.

He added: "Neymar, it is on the right track, but in the end, he decides after the signing and it is not yet the case.

"We arrive at the right time I think, same thing for Di Maria and Bernat. These are the four issues we are discussing. 

"The idea is to get there as quickly as possible, because on our side, we have the intention to renew all four."

Ligue 1 winners in seven of the last eight seasons, PSG currently sit in third place, four points off the pace set by leaders Lille and a point behind second-placed Lyon.

On the thrilling race that awaits, Leonardo said: "We will surely have an exciting end to the season. 

"Paris is one of the favorites to win the title: we are not going to say that we do not think of winning and that we do not feel in the conditions to do so. 

"After, if we look at the last days, Lyon, Lille and Monaco have a very important winning streak. But the ambition and the objectives remain the same."

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