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Leonardo to leave PSG in summer - report

French radio station RMC has claimed sporting director Leonardo will leave Paris Saint-Germain at the season's end, with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger favourite to take over as coach from Carlo Ancelotti at the Parc des Princes.

A member of the entourage of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, head of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) which bankrolls PSG, told the radio station the Brazilian would almost certainly quit his post as the club's sporting director come the summer.

"It's 90% certain he'll leave PSG," the unnamed source said. "The Qatari officials no longer consider him indispensable."

The powers-that-be in the Gulf state reportedly believe the former PSG player has achieved what he was appointed to do: bring in major stars and establish a working structure within the club.

They are also unhappy that Leonardo's recent public outbursts - the latest being last weekend's declaration that PSG were a team built for Europe and not Ligue 1 - have damaged the reputation of the club, something which Qatar Sports Investments, the sports arm of the QIA, has been careful to cultivate since taking over in the summer of 2011.

Ancelotti's future, though not directly tied to that of Leonardo, who was the driving force behind the Italian coach's arrival at the Parc des Princes in January 2012, also appears uncertain with Wenger mentioned as the Qatari bosses' number-one target.

Although the automatic one-year extension of Ancelotti's contract, which hinges on PSG finishing in the top three in Ligue 1, looks likely to be triggered, as well as his position having been strengthened by his team's qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals, RMC quote an unnamed Qatari source who suggests "a French coach at the head of PSG would help the club in terms of popularity".

Ancelotti has, however, denied speculation linking him to the job at Roma, who are looking to appoint a permanent successor to Zdenek Zeman for the start of next season.

"I feel good in Paris and I'm very happy to be in charge of PSG," Ancelotti, who spent eight years as a player with the Giallorossi, told the Mediaset Premium TV channel. "I don't want to talk about Roma. It's already been talked about too much."


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