Leonardo: "PSG, you fired me even though I brought you Messi"

Leonardo, former Milan manager, torpedoed by PSG to make room for Luis Campos. The Brazilian vented on the columns of ‘L’Équipe’

Leonardo Nascimento de Araújoformer player, coach and manager of the Milanis no longer sporting director of the PSG. Fired, to make way for the Portuguese Luis Campos, but without even the publication of an official statement. “Strange? No. I find it a bit pathetic – said Leonardo this morning in a very long exclusive interview with ‘The team‘-. It wasn’t important, it’s also part of my way of being. There was emotion on the day of my arrival as there is now for goodbye. I leave with zero bitterness, thank you for having had this opportunity “.

Leonardo failed to win the Champions League with PSG: this was the real goal of the Qatari-owned club. He, however, does not feel he has failed in his years as a Parisian executive. “I could have done better, sure. But when I think of my years at PSG I think of the seven titles of Champion of France, to other national trophies, to the Champions League final. And the purchase of Lionel Messi. Yes, the purchase of Messi: we have concluded the only transfer of his career, of a player in the Olympus of football, which comes after Pele And Diego Armando Maradona. We can say anything we want but in the end we bought Messi. “

Leonardo denied disagreements with the property and with the President Nasser Al-Khelaïfias well as denied that his farewell is linked to the renewal of Kylian Mbappé with PSG, arrived (billionaire contract until June 30, 2025) despite the bomber of the Ligue 1 was already, for some time, in word with the real Madrid. “No, it has nothing to do with it – again the Brazilian at ‘L’Équipe’ -. They didn’t tell me that my goodbye was a condition for Kylian’s renewal but I can say that keeping this type of player is good for both the company that for Ligue 1 “.

For Leonardo, in fact, it was the end of a cycle. Arrived, there is no denying, after the sensational elimination suffered in the Champions League at ‘Santiago Bernabéu‘against Real Madrid. “A defeat like that arouses great emotions. We were favorites, the expectations were enormous. In the summer everyone was happy with Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos, Georginio Wijnaldum, Nuno Mendes and Messi. Then you go out in the knockout stages of the Champions League and they say: everything sucks. A difficult season also because it followed that of CoVidI myself have had it twice and still feel it sometimes. “

And now what will it do in the future? There was talk of a contact with the Valenciawho has just signed another former Rossoneri, Gennaro Gattuso, as a coach. “There is nothing concrete. There has been talk of it but nothing more”, the comment of Leonardo who, already at Milan, had in fact had some problems in relations with Rino. Milan, a new striker with an exchange? The latest market news >>>

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