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PSG confirm Leonardo resignation

Paris Saint-Germain have announced that sporting director Leonardo is to leave the club at the end of the transfer window.

The former Milan and Inter boss joined the club in July 2011, but was recently slapped with a 13-month touchline ban for pushing referee Alexandre Castro following a 1-1 draw with Valenciennes in May.

The Brazilian has been instrumental in transforming PSG into a club capable of challenging for both domestic and European honours.

Players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura and Thiago Silva have all been lured to the Parc des Princes by Leonardo, helping PSG to win their first Ligue 1 title since 1994 last term.

However, controversy has surrounded the 43-year-old since his altercation with Castro.

Leonardo was reported to have had a spat with Ibrahimovic in the midst of their post-match celebrations after sealing the league crown at Lyon on May 12, and also had to deal with manager Carlo Ancelotti’s protracted departure to Real Madrid.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Paris Saint-Germain has been informed of the decision of Leonardo to leave his duties as the club’s sporting director at the end of the transfer period.

“The club regrets his decision but respects his choice. It expresses its appreciation for the remarkable work accomplished to build a leading European club in Paris.”

One of Leonardo’s last acts may be to clinch the signing of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, who is thought to be close to agreeing a deal with PSG.

Wed 10 July, 2013
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