In an interview with the Parisian this Tuesday, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi once again expressed his desire to change things at PSG. The president of the capital club explained what he expects from the players of the team and showed the door to those who will not fight for Paris.
A few days before the restart, on July 4, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi wanted to reaffirm the new impetus that PSG should be given next season. If the record of the team’s future coach isn’t complete, Zinedine Zidane won’t come. Then the management will launch the players’ website, and on this site the president of the Ile-de-France club was very firm on Tuesday. Anyone who doesn’t give their all for PSG will no longer be welcome. The leader heralded the end of “bling-bling” in Paris.
“Maybe we should change our slogan too…Dream Bigger is good but today above all we have to be realistic, we don’t want garish bling-bling anymore, c “It’s the end of glitter,” said Nasser Al- Khelaïfi in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper. We’ve done great things for 11 years, but every year we have to ask ourselves how we’re going, how we can get better.”
And the president of Ile-de-France specifies the players: “We want players who like the club, who like to fight, who like to win. And we want that mentality to spread throughout the club.”
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“Work at 200% every day”
PSG have a lot of very talented players. But even that could not avert the bitter disappointment in the Champions League against Real Madrid in the round of 16. In addition to on-site engagement, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi advocates a real survey of everyone and, above all, more professionalism. No more tiring trips, no more trips, no more parties, it’s time to work.
“What I can tell you is that we expect all players to do a lot more than they did last season. A lot more! They all have to be 100% good enough to go far. For next season is the goal is clear: to work 200% every day. Give everything for this jersey, give the maximum and we will see the result. We have to be humble again. You have to adapt to avoid injuries, suspensions and fouls in this round avoid a game upside down.”
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Al-Khelaïfi wants players ready to fight for PSG
When thinking of players who aren’t committed or disciplined enough at PSG, the Neymar name quickly comes to the fore. The Brazilian has even had to deal with his critics in recent days. Without specifically targeting any Parisian player, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi stressed the importance of the collective and the sense of sacrifice in this PSG he hopes to build.
“We stop saying, ‘We want to win this and this and this.’ “The team met the leader of Paris Saint-Germain again with the French newspaper. And we need to form a real team, find a real collective spirit. That will be the new coach’s mission. We want players who are proud to join PSG represent and who are ready to fight every day.”
“Some took advantage of the situation”
Qatar bought PSG in 2011. For 11 years, many stars have worn the club’s shirt with varying degrees of success. But even today, according to President Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, some do not bring the club enough. Worse still, they betrayed the management’s trust, which did everything to make their life in the French capital as comfortable as possible. Also with high salaries that can make them not leave during the transfer window.
“No, it’s enough to compare with the salaries of clubs abroad. Maybe they just don’t have any offers… The Covid period has severely reduced the market and clubs’ funds. It’s also a reality. Now it is PSG’s position clear : Players who are not part of the project must go. Some took advantage of the situation, now it’s over!”