Earlier this evening, PSG announced the departure of U19s coach Thiago Motta.
The news does not come as a surprise and has been in the offing for several weeks – the two parties reached a mutual termination agreement to allow Motta to leave, despite having another 12 months remaining on his contract.
The official communiqué speaks of a mutual decision between the two parties, allowing “Thiago Motta to continue his apprenticeship in the world of management at the Italian Federal Technical Centre of Coverciano.”
PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi had the following to say:
“I want to warmly say goodbye to Thiago Motta, who has been a major player for us for a decade. With his talent, personality and sense of ambition, Thiago belongs to a group of people who have enabled this club to take on a new dimension. In 7.5 years, Thiago brought his professionalism, his enormous experience and his footballing expertise. At the end of his career, Thiago wanted to transmit his passion for football to others, notably those younger than him. We are very happy to have given him his first steps in the manager role at the heart of PSG, which will remain his home.”
Agent Alessandro Canovi added on social media this evening that between PSG and Thiago Motta, it is never “goodbye, more until next time.”