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Transfer talk: Leonardo to leave Paris Saint-Germain at end of August

Former Brazilian footballer, sporting director of Ligue 1 club, was banned for the whole of next season for pushing a referee following a Ligue 1 match in May this year.

Leonardo joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2011.
Leonardo joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2011.

Leonardo has tendered his resignation as sporting director of Paris Saint-Germain and will leave the French champions at the end of August.

The Brazilian informed the board of his decision on Wednesday morning – a week after learning he would be banned for the whole of next season for pushing a referee following a Ligue 1 match in May this year.

The 43 year old, who took up his post in July 2011 in the wake of the Qatar Investment Authority's takeover of the capital club, will leave at the end of summer transfer window on August 31.

"Leonardo today informed Paris St Germain of his desire to resign from his position as sport director at the end of the current transfer window," a PSG statement read.

"We regret his choice but respect his decision.

"We thank him greatly for his contributions towards the project of building a top European club in Paris and wish him all the best for his future career choice."

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