Everything feels like it’s about to change for Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview with Le Parisien, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi promised mega-changes heading into next season and stated the team will not win the UEFA Champions League as currently constructed. He went on to describe the past season a failure, despite a repeat of the domestic quadruple, due to their quarterfinal exit in the Champions League for the fourth year in a row.
The statements, while not all that shocking, confirm what many had thought following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had been the face of the Qatar Sports Investments project. Al-Khelaifi hinted that the club would be moving more towards building a solid unit based more on merit and less on superstar players to help raise the profile of the club. This change in philosophy should allow the manager to create a more competitive atmosphere within the team.
Speaking of Laurent Blanc, his future is in question despite Al-Khelaifi’s comments earlier in the season that he would remain at the club. However, rumors of Diego Simeone, Unai Emery, Roberto Mancini, and a host of other top mangers interested in coming to PSG continue to fill newspapers across Europe.
Al-Khelaifi also cooled off rumors of a likely return of ex-sporting director Leonardo Araújo, stating that he has trust in Olivier Létang, and confirmed that Edinson Cavani will be leading the Paris attack next season.
All of this speculation has sparked new enthusiasm among supporters as it appears as though the club has a solid game plan for the summer transfer window. Paris Saint-Germain possess a solid core of world class players and if the right changes are made, the team should be challenging for another domestic quadruple and a deeper run in the Champions League.