Thomas Tuchel upset at Tanguy Kouassi’s departure: “I can’t understand it.”

Speaking in his 1st press conference of pre-season, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel admitted his frustration at the departure of Tanguy Kouassi on a free transfer at the end of this month.

“I always regret us losing players. I really like working with young players, players from the academy. I am disappointed, but not personally. For Adil (Aouchiche), it was very difficult to fight for a place in midfield. For him, I can understand that he wants to try to get more minutes in another club. But I regret it. He has a lot of talent.”

“With Tanguy (Kouassi), it is not a secret that I like him a lot. He played vs Dortmund, the most important match for us, without a professional contract, at the age of 17. He deserved the faith we had in him. He had a big future in this club. He knows it, it was not the right moment for him to leave the club. Not at all. He had our belief, he had playing minutes. It was possible for him to play as a #6 or as a central defender. He was a key player. I can’t understand it. I am sad. It is like that.”

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