PSG chief confesses to ‘mistake’ in letting pair join Man Utd, Chelsea


Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has conceded that his club may have been too quick in allowing Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani to leave.

The former left for Chelsea in the summer while Manchester United snapped up Cavani later in the transfer window, both on free transfers.

Cavani is PSG’s all-time top goalscorer with 200 goals for the Ligue 1 outfit while Silva was the club’s captain.

Now Leonardo has reflected on the exits of the pair, suggesting the French champions could have made a “mistake”

He said (via Get Football News France): “At one moment, we have to say ‘what are we going to do’?

“We spoke clearly with them. It was a moment where we could not give them exactly what they wanted. It was a financial and generational problem.

“It was the moment to count on Marquinhos and Kimpembe. The decisions were difficult to take. Aside from that, we could have made a mistake.”



Last year’s finalists have struggled in this year’s Champions League, losing two of their three group games to Manchester United and RB Leipzig.

Cavani and Silva played a combined 616 games for PSG during their stay, the former playing in 301 matches with Silva featuring on 315 occasions.

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Manager disgruntlement

Thomas Tuchel Paris Saint-Germain

Meanwhile, Leonardo has reacted to a plea for player reinforcements from PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel.

Goal reports that the sporting director revealed the club did not like nor understand his demands.

He said: “I did not like the statement of the coach Tuchel. I don’t understand it and I did not like it. The club did not like it. We will see internally [about a punishment].

“If someone is not happy, we can talk, there is no problem. But if he decides to stay, he must decide to respect the choices of the sports management.

“We’re not here to go to trial… But we have to have the spirit of suffering for the club, the spirit of sacrifice. The important thing is the club. We didn’t like the way [that Tuchel spoke].”