Leonardo admits it may have been wrong to let Silva and Cavani leave

‘We could have made a mistake’: PSG sporting director Leonardo admits they may have been wrong to let Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani leave the club on free transfers

  • PSG let Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani leave on free transfers in the summer
  • Club sporting director Leonardo admitted the club might have made a mistake
  • Brazilian Silva has helped Chelsea keep five clean sheets in his first seven games
  • Cavani recently scored his first Manchester United goal in a 3-1 win over Everton 

PSG sporting director Leonardo has admitted it may have been a mistake to let Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani leave the club on free transfers in the summer.

Silva and Cavani were not offered new deals upon the expiration of their contracts and both ended up sealing moves to the Premier League – Silva with Chelsea and Cavani with Manchester United.

The Ligue 1 side have suffered with injuries this season and are currently without Mauro Icardi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – although the latter two have been called up for their national teams.

PSG sporting director Leonardo has admitted the club may regret letting Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani leave on free transfers

The Ligue 1 club decided not to offer either player a new deal when their contracts expired

While PSG sit top of the league, they have lost two of their three Champions League group games – including a 2-1 defeat at home to Cavani’s new side.

The striker scored his first goal for the Red Devils in their 3-1 victory over Everton at the weekend and would have provided another attacking option for Thomas Tuchel in the absence of his regular front three.

Silva has also made a promising start to life at Chelsea with the centre back helping a previously weak Blues defence to five clean sheets in his seven games so far.

Cavani would have provided Thomas Tuchel with another attacking option amid an injury crisis

The Brazilian also netted his first goal in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday. 

PSG chief Leonardo said it was a ‘financial and generational problem’ which prevented the French club agreeing new deals with both players.

With Silva now 36 and Cavani 33, both players are coming towards the end of their careers but have already shown they can still play at the highest level and Leonardo acknowledged PSG may regret not offering both players new contracts at the Parc de Princes. 

Both players scored their first goals for their new clubs in convincing victories last weekend

‘At one moment, we have to say “what are we going to do?”

‘We spoke clearly with them. It was a moment where we could not give them exactly what they wanted. It was a financial and generational problem. 

‘It was the moment to count on Marquinhos and Kimpembe. The decisions were difficult to take. Aside from that, we could have made a mistake.’


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