The PSG sports director, who brought Zlatan to Paris in 2012, responds to the words written in the book Adrenalina, in which Ibra spoke of indiscipline: Not true, everyone wants to come back to us. Even him
Where is the indiscipline? It’s not even worth answering. There will be a reason that every time a player leaves PSG then he can’t stop talking about us. The whole world wants to come here. These are the words of Leonardosports director of the Parisian club, in response to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in an interview given – after nine long years – to the sports newspaper L’Equipe.
The Swedish striker, in his autobiography Adrenalina accuses his former team (in which he played from 2012 to 2016) of being an undisciplined club. Zlatan has asked several times to return to PSG. I am still waiting for an interview where I publicly thank this club for what he has done for his career. The PSG will exist before and after him, continued Leonardo. Which touched on many topics. Starting from Neymar and the Brazilian’s habit of going to the disco two or three days after the games: Do you really believe that a player can stay at the top for 12 years, if not professional? Social networks give a distorted image of reality.
One cannot fail to speak of Mbapp, contract expiring in June, and which everyone gives to Real Madrid. For weeks there have been rumors of this mega offer from the Blancos of 50 million euros per season. If true that we have offered him a two-year contract for 50 million euros a year and a fidelity bonus of 100 million euros? No. We haven’t made a specific offer. There is an important element: I think the last thing we will put on the contract is the amount. We want to put Mbapp in the best conditions so that he becomes the best player possible, explained Leonardo. And again: We hardly ever talked about money. Because that’s not what it is. Kylian is of such great value that I think he’s comfortable about it. secondary. I think to put the amount, it will take two minutes in the end. Am I sure he wants to stay? More and more. a question of feeling. A Frenchman, when he makes his debut, has the goal of playing abroad. Not surprisingly, in the world champion team in 1998, there was a majority of footballers who played abroad. Same in 2018, Kylian was the only one of 11 starters to play in France. Pogba and Griezmann have never played in Ligue 1, Zidane has made his career more abroad than in France. But there was no club the size of PSG at the time. We don’t sell. It is up to us to know what he needs at all times. When we are faced with a team that has perhaps the best player in history (Messi, ed), Neymar and him, we ask ourselves who the first, who the second, and so on. However, there is a harmony, a respect between them and this too is being built. Don’t neglect it. There is a path, you have to understand it. There is a reality. Kylian the best player in the world today. Messi has always been at this level, and for me still at this level. It is not about judging who is the best. One is 23, the other 34.
And on the Champions League, an always elusive goal, Leonardo concluded: When we started the project in 2011, 14 years after playing my last game here, I came back because we wanted to build a great club. Not just to win the Champions League. a different thing. A great club, when it wins, is fine, but the year it loses, it must be competitive. This is our case. We don’t play roulette every year.
March 3, 2022 (change March 3, 2022 | 13:11)
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