Most Paris Saint-Germain supporters assumed the 2019-20 season would be Edinson Cavani’s last with the club and on Saturday, the club’s sporting director confirmed the news.
In an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche (via RMC Sport), Leonardo revealed that along with Thiago Silva, Cavani’s journey in the French capital will be coming to an end after the 2019-20 season.
“It was a very difficult decision to make,” Leonardo told the weekly French publication. We had to make a logical decision, even economically or with regard to the generation that is coming. There is never a perfect moment.”
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The decision to not extend the contract of the club’s captain (Silva) and all-time leading scorer (Cavani) signals the end of an era in the French capital and presents Leonardo with a major challenge of replacing them.
“These are players who have marked the history of the club: we always wonder if we should continue a end of the way together or if it is not better to avoid the year too much.” Leonardo said.
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PSG director Leonardo confirms Edinson Cavani, the club's all-time top scorer, will leave Paris this summer. pic.twitter.com/E7spi9Nbey
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In addition to Cavani and Silva, Leonardo mentioned that the club will move on from Thomas Meunier, Layvin Kurzawa, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. These were all expected departures but nonetheless, they underscore how important the upcoming transfer window will be to replenish the club’s depth.
Currently, the Ligue 1 season is over but PSG is still competing in the UEFA Champions League and they have the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue final to look forward to later this summer. Leonardo would like to keep his squad together until the end of August for those competitions but admittedly, he isn’t sure how that will work with contracts set to expire at the end of June.
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