his departure, Mbappé, Messi… Leonardo says goodbye to Paris and takes stock!

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It’s time for Leonardo’s last dance! Dismissed from his position as sporting director of Paris-Saint-Germain on the evening of the tenth title, on May 21, the Brazilian took stock in the columns of L’Equipe.

Le Brésilien evokes, including the unofficiality and timing of his departure, the extension of Kylian Mbappé’s contract at PSG, the arrival of Lionel Messi or his future.

The unofficiality of his departure

“We’ve talked about it with the club. No doubt it’s my way of being, but I still find it a little pathetic to say ‘thank you very much, goodbye …’ It wasn’t important to make a statement. My relationship with PSG has always been linked to too much emotion, and I got there as a player at one point. (in 1996) where the club was boiling, the team had won the Cup Winners’ Cup (C2), I lived a very intense year. I came back here in 2011 because I wore these colors. There was emotion when it came time, when it came out, and even then, when it came to cutting, now. “

A link between his departure and the extension of Kylian Mbappé?

“No, I wasn’t told that. But I don’t want to get into that kind of thing. And keeping a player of that level, French and Parisian, is important for PSG and the L1. “

A shocking timing?

“It’s your judgment. Judging a decision is easier than making a decision. Being in a decision-making position is not easy. It’s a lonely position. OK, you’ve made a decision, maybe you’ll “It’s shocking, but it’s your decision. Everyone is a little under pressure. Everyone is in trouble, in the race.”

Bitterness?

“I leave with zero bitterness! Honestly, zero! Afterwards, I have my vision. But this is not the day to pour out. It is to thank Qatar and Paris for giving me this opportunity. And I don’t do it out of demagoguery. “

Son of Balance

“We could have done better, we can always do better. But I went through two very clear stages. The first, in 2011, was construction. We started with an almost white sheet. But there it was. We had the opportunity to do something exceptional and that’s why I have to thank Qatar, I experienced something very intense, the idea was to build something that remains .even when you are no longer there. “

XXL recruitment of the last state and Messi’s place

„When three young talents like Hakimi (then 22 years old), Nuno Mendes (19 years old) and Donnarumma (22 years old at the time), Ramos, Wijnaldum and Messi arrive, you say to yourself: what is it? is that it Everyone said that. Then you lose in the round of 16 (C1), they say: “It’s a draw, it’s the management, it’s the group …” It’s also true that I think there were some moments of fatigue. Covid’s season had an impact on the following one. I’ve had Covid twice and I still feel it. So, yes, I realize I’m the billionth person to make that joke. You never know. There are times when you will intervene and the influence is not good. There are times when you stay out and maybe something is missing. But still: in the end, we made Messi! We can say what we want. (…) We had talked about it. But Messi had never thought too much about leaving. These were the last moments, before his arrival, that were decisive. Après, tout devient un peu normal plus mai …, you made the only change of Messi in your career! So, yes, thank you. Messi, there is nothing more than that. Chronologically, there are Pelé, Maradona, Messi. He is in Olympus. So when I look at my three-year record, I see a C1 final, a semi-final, the 10th title, seven national trophies and I add Messi. “

A future in Valencia or in France?

“There’s nothing concrete. It’s talked a bit like that, but nothing more. I’m glad to be talked about there. It’s another club where I’ve played. (1991-1993) I was a manager here (Paris), Milano, two clubs where I played, being a member of a club is a positive thing. From another important French club like Lyon, it would have been complicated. that, his perseverance, his ideas, hat! “

Pour your resume

While his dismissal has not even been made official, Leonardo has taken stock of his second stint as sporting director of Paris-Saint-Germain. “We’ve talked about it with the club. No doubt it’s my way of being, but I still find it a little pathetic to say ‘thank you very much, goodbye …’ It wasn’t important to make a statement. My relationship with PSG has always been linked to too much emotion, and I arrived as a player at a time (in 1996) when the club was in turmoil, the team had won the Cup Winners’ Cup (C2). I had a very intense year. I came back here in 2011 because I wore these colors. moment of the cut, now “said the Brazilian in an interview with L’Equipe.

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