The president of PSG has defended tooth and nail the record of his sports director since his return to the club in the capital.
Leonardo has been at the heart of Paris Saint-Germain news in recent weeks. The Brazilian, who must manage the extension of Kylian Mbappé with the club of the capital as soon as possible, would have cold relations with Mauricio Pochettino, which would push the Argentinian to want to leave PSG this summer. Besides this rumor, Leonardo saw his former coach, Thomas Tuchel, with whom relations were not in good shape, win the Champions League with Chelsea. A hell of a wink of fate just six months after being fired from PSG.
Al-Khelaifi closes the door to Mbappé leaving
In an interview with L’Equipe, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi swept all the news of PSG. In addition to the Kylian Mbappé file or the future of Mauricio Pochettino, the president of PSG also returned to the departure of Thomas Tuchel this season and defended Leonardo, not spared by critics in recent weeks: “We had come to a point where we had to make this decision. We can speak of the end of a cycle, yes. Otherwise, what happens in the family must remain in the family. I have nothing more. to say. I have a lot of respect for Tuchel and his staff. He won the C1 with Chelsea, congratulations to him “.
“Again, I won’t reveal our family stories. Leo has done a fantastic job for the past two years, despite a context that made things very difficult during the last mercatos. He brought something that we were missing. What, Discipline, especially for the team. He has a privileged position on a daily basis with the staff and the squad, things that no one sees, neither you, nor me, nor the supporters. he also played here (1996-1997), he loves the club and he initiated the project with us. I am very lucky to have a sports director like him“, added the president of PSG.
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Nasser Al-Khelaïfi congratulated Thomas Tuchel and Unai Emery, the two former PSG coaches who each won a European Cup this season: “Is the problem PSG? Is it harder to win in Paris? I don’t know. It’s Paris, maybe there is more pressure in the big clubs. I’m not saying Chelsea don’t ‘is not a big club, they deserved their victory. Perhaps Thomas has learned from his experience last year in the final. It is necessarily a plus. Well done to them. Any regrets? everything. We have no regrets, we have to look ahead “.
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While the two former PSG coaches have triumphed on the European scene, the capital club have not even managed to win the title of champion of France this season. However, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi refuses to speak of failure: “I’m not talking about failure. Of course, we had the opportunity to win this title. But it was a complicated season for us. The Final 8 ended late, the team didn’t not been able to have any real preparation, we had a cascade of players affected by the Covid from the start of the season, then we played every three days …“.
“If you look at the number of matches where we have been able to field our eleven type, there should not be many. These are not excuses, Lille deserve their title, they did a splendid job and I congratulate them. we must take everything into consideration and learn the lessons for next season: get a good start to the championship, not lose points against affordable opponents, show more commitment in Ligue 1 matches“, concluded the president of PSG.