Paris Saint-Germain has not communicated regarding the departure of its sporting director, nor that of its coach. But Leonardo has completely lost Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s confidence in the Kylian Mbappé case.
This week, the PSG president will announce the big changes he has promised Kylian Mbappé and supporters to try to run the capital club more efficiently. The 2021-2022 season confirmed that despite the title of champion of France, Paris Saint-Germain had become unmanageable, each seeming to do what they wanted, to the detriment of the collective. So once again the PSG will change coach, and once again it will spend on the transfer market, its colossal financial means offering it a luxury that scandalizes almost all of Europe. First head to fall, that of Leonardo, the Brazilian sports director paying there for his prestigious investments during the transfer window, which did not really have the expected results. But above all, the former Parisian player will settle the addition of the soap opera Kylian Mbappé. Even if it ended well with the extension until 2025 of the star striker, Leonardo would have had a very murky role.
Leonardo accomplice of Real Madrid for Mbappé?
This Monday, the daily Le Parisien, which was the first to announce the reversal in the Mbappé file, looks back on the negotiations between the president of Paris Saint-Germain and Kylian Mbappé. And in particular on the decisive role of Nasser Al-Khelaifi when it was necessary to reverse the trend, Real Madrid having taken the advantage in the discussions. According to Dominique Sévérac, Al-Khelaifi wondered about Leonardo’s behavior, and had doubts to the point of quickly putting him aside. ” In private, Al-Khelaïfi suspected him of a double game: firm in front of the microphones when he mentioned a departure from Mbappé but capable of negotiations behind the scenes so that he joined Real Madrid or another club. Despite a few lunches with the 2018 world champion, the Brazilian will quickly be offside in the negotiations “Says the journalist who is throwing a huge stone into the pond a little over a week after Kylian Mbappé’s contract extension until 2025.
Leonardo, failed return to PSG
Official: Leonardo becomes the Sporting Director of PSG again! pic.twitter.com/zQkE999SAw
— Romain Collet-Gaudin (@RomainCG75) June 14, 2019
It is true that Leonardo’s communication has always been quite surreal, the Parisian leader being totally absent for weeks, before suddenly emerging from his silence after Paris Saint-Germain matches, often to complain, sometimes to swing a few small provocative valves. For the rest, the future former sports director of PSG will have had a more positive impact during his first stint at the time of the takeover by Qatar Sports Investments than after his return in 2019. Leonardo should know it, coming back with his ex often ends badly. …especially if you betray her.