Ligue 1: PSG record scorer Edinson Cavani, captain Thiago Silva to leave, says sporting director Leonardo
Cavani and Silva's contracts are due to expire in June and Leonardo told a French media outlet that they would not be handed extensions.
Paris St Germain’s record goalscorer Edinson Cavani and captain Thiago Silva will leave the club after the conclusion of the Champions League campaign, the Ligue 1 side’s sporting director has said.
Both players’ contracts are due to expire in June and Leonardo told Le Journal du Dimanche that they would not be handed extensions.
Cavani, who joined PSG from Napoli in 2013, is the club’s all-time top scorer with 200 goals in all competitions and has made over 300 appearances.
“It was a difficult decision to make, they are players who made their mark on the club’s history,” Leonardo said.
“We had to make a decision based on logic.”
Both players will be involved in the Champions League campaign, which is expected to be concluded in August.
PSG qualified for the quarter-finals after eliminating Borussia Dortmund in the last-16.
After more than three months off during the COVID-19 crisis, the team will resume training on 22 June, with Neymar expected to be on the ground after returning from Brazil on Saturday.
Leonardo said he expected the Brazil forward to be at the club next season.
“Nothing tells us otherwise,” said Leonardo when asked if Neymar and France striker Kylian Mbappe would still be there next season.
“They still have two years on their contracts and we’re more thinking about the future with them. We want to go forward.”
PSG were crowned champions on 30 April when the league brought the season to an end as part of the country’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus .
Mbappe is still Ligue 1's top scorer this term with 25 goals, six clear of Ben Yedder and Depay, but Neymar has endured a frustrating season, netting only eight times while spending time sidelined through injury, suspension and after contracting coronavirus.
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Brazil coach Tite said the 38-year-old Alves and the 36-year-old Silva were called up because they are “athletes who happen to play football.”