It had been a while since Nasser Al-Khelaïfi had not spoken at length in public. To tell the truth, since the media and sporting coup achieved with the extension of Kylian Mbappé at the end of May, the president of PSG had been discreet. Since then, however, a lot of little things have happened and in particular the departure of Leonardo, replaced by Luis Campos. The latter has already worked on the future of the club, like the name of the coach who was going to sit on the bench during the next season.
It will probably be Christophe Galtier. In a long interview with Parisianthe Parisian boss does not say his name clearly, formalizing or almost in passing the departure of Mauricio Pochettino. “We have a shortlist of coaches, we are talking to Nice, it’s no secret. I hope that we will find an agreement quickly but I respect Nice and President Rivère, everyone defends their interests. The changes are starting in the capital and there are still many to come, says Al-Khelaïfi, who has returned to France in recent hours to finalize the hot files.
Al-Khelaïfi: “we no longer want flashy, bling-bling, it’s the end of glitter”
The Qatari leader definitely used a different tone during this interview. We now understand that the project will change: no more stars paid with millions and exorbitant salaries. From now on, and as he had already said when he arrived in Paris 11 years ago, Al-Khelaïfi wants PSG to train its future champions. “Perhaps we should also change our slogan… Dream Bigger (dream bigger) is good, but today we must above all be realistic, we no longer want flashy, bling-bling, c ‘is the end of the sequins’he begins.
“We are here for a long time. We’re going to have the best training center in the world. My objective for the next few years is to have only Parisian players in our team. There is so much talent in our region. The best players in our region deserve to play for PSG. It will take time, but it is a goal.” Luis Campos has been inducted to lead this project, while Antero Henrique is back in the organization chart in a position that will have to be defined, but it is he who will be responsible for ridding the club of its dead weight.
Undesirables asked to leave the ship
“Now PSG’s position is clear: players who are not part of the project will have to leave. Some took advantage of the situation, now it’s over!, insists Nasser Al-Khalaïfi, who carefully avoided the subject of Neymar by answering next to the question posed by the media. He still criticizes players whose lifestyle is far from perfect. “You have to discipline yourself, on and off the pitch. Whoever wants to stay in his comfort, who does not want to fight, he will stay aside.
Through this response, he concedes that finding a way out for the Brazilian will be complicated, he who is still under contract until 2025. The strategy has changed, the players will have to adapt, or leave even if for the moment, that doesn’t really hustle. While waiting for the identity of the coach, the PSG board and we understand better why the targeted elements like Milan Skriniar, Gianluca Scamacca, Renato Sanches or even Vitinha are less flashy than the previous transfer windows. There is the desire to turn the page on star recruits.