Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director, Leonardo, was dismissed from his position after the French club informed him of this, Saturday, May 21, the day marked by the announcement of the extension of the contract of the first team star, French Kylian Mbappe until 2025 after more than a year And half of the debate over his future.
French network “RMC Sport” revealed Sunday, May 22nd, that the Paris club’s management had already informed Leonardo of the decision to dismiss him from his position before the match in which Saint-Germain defeated Metz 5-0 at the end of the French League.
The same source pointed to Mbappe’s role in making this decision, as he did not want Leonardo to continue in his position due to “the futility of his projects in the team, which did not bear fruit,” according to the same source.
The same source added that the dismissal of Leonardo is part of the comprehensive reorganization of the Parisian team’s organizational scheme, stressing that the position of the Brazilian has already been threatened for several weeks, and the “RMC” network also indicated that Leonardo’s successor in the position of sports director, will be Portuguese Luis. Campos, the sporting director of the Spanish club Celta Vigo, on the recommendation of Mbappe himself, as the young French star had previously dealt with him when he was sporting director of the French club Monaco (2013/2016), as well as his friendship with the Mbappe family.
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On the other hand, the same source blew a surprise of the highest caliber, as he confirmed that the dismissal of Leonardo would not be the last change in the organizational structure of the French capital club, and explained that the position of Argentine Mauricio Pochettino is also under threat.
RMC said that the positions of Leonardo and Pochettino were the most threatened in the past weeks, noting that the relationship with the Argentine coach would soon be terminated, as part of the reforms that the Parisian intends to undertake in the coming period, most notably the competition for the Champions League title, which The team failed to get it over the past years.
Several press reports had linked – in the past weeks – the former French star Zinedine Zidane with the training of Paris Saint-Germain, and nominated him to succeed Pochettino, and “Zizou” has not occupied any job since his departure from Real Madrid’s training last year.
Mbappe after staying in Saint-Germain: I thank Al-Khelaifi for his trust and patience
Kylian Mbappe, the star of Paris Saint-Germain, who renewed his contract on Saturday, May 21 until 2025, thanked the president of the Parisian club, Qatari Nasser Al-Khelaifi, for his “confidence, understanding and patience”, in reference to the length of negotiations between the two parties on the renewal.
Minutes after the club and the player announced their renewal, the player said in an official statement: “I am also thinking of all the fans of Paris Saint-Germain, in France, and everyone, for all these gestures of warmth and love in recent months.”
He stressed, “I am absolutely convinced that I can continue to develop within the framework of this club, which has all the means to compete at the highest levels. I am also very happy to continue in France, my country, which witnessed my development on a professional level.”
For his part, Al-Khelaifi said: “The renewal of Mbappe’s contract represents an exceptional moment in the history of our club, and is very happy news for all fans in the world.”
The club president added that the 23-year-old has now become “the cornerstone of the club’s project for the coming years, both on and off the field.”
Al-Khelaifi had officially announced on Saturday that the team’s star Mbappe would stay for three seasons to come 2025. Minutes before the start of the PSG match against Metz, which the team won by five clean goals, Mbappe scored a “hat-trick”, in the last round of “Ligue 1”. In front of the fans of the Parc des Princes, the president of the Paris club confirmed that the star of the team will stay for the next three years until 2025.
“I have very good news for you today,” Al-Khelaifi said, in a surprising announcement to everyone after more than a year and a half of ambiguity and rumors about Mbappe’s future and his strong association with the move to Real Madrid.
The reaction came from the fans of the French champion present in the stands with cheers, before Mbappe appeared with a shirt written on it 2025.
The young French star has often been associated with a move to Real Madrid, taking advantage of the end of his previous contract with the end of the current football season, as he tried to contract him many times, according to European media, but all attempts failed after Mbappe renewed his contract with the Parisian for three other years.
La Liga intends to file a complaint against Saint-Germain because of Mbappe
The reliable Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, published an official statement from the Spanish League, “La Liga,” announcing the filing of an official complaint against Paris Saint-Germain for allegedly violating the financial fair play laws, after the renewal of the contract of French player Kylian Mbappe.
Reportedly, the League has submitted the complaint against Paris Saint-Germain to the European Football Association “UEFA”, the European Union authorities, and the French authorities, after announcing the renewal of Mbappe’s contract.
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