At the end of his contract next June with his club Paris Saint-Germain, handball player Nikola Karabatic would like to push for another season. “I told my club that I wanted to continue for a year, until June 2024,” said the 38-year-old player, adding that he was still “in discussion” with Paris SG Handball.
A one-year extension would allow him to apply for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, where Les Bleus du hand will defend their title won last year in Tokyo. But, he acknowledged, “even if I extend for a year in the club, there is no guarantee that I will still play for the France team”.
Selected for the preparation of the 2023 World Cup
“I try to avoid dreaming too much, to focus on what happens. Everything can go very quickly, I had the experience of injury, and the postponed Olympics,” he temporized.
Selected in the group of Blues to prepare for the 2023 World Cup, from January 11 to 29, the player with a rich record (triple Olympic champion, quadruple world champion, triple European champion) had cast doubt on his future beyond next June, which corresponds for the moment to the end of his contract with the Parisian club.
“I wanted to first see my form and my ability to go the distance and the shock, and also see if I was good, and if I was useful to the team,” explained Karabatic. “I realized that I felt good, that I was good and fit and that I wanted to continue,” he added.