ANDValencia has spent more than a week inTrying to seduce Leonardo de Araújo, former sports director of Milan and PSG, with a position as executive and institutional responsibility in Peter Lim’s new project, with Gattuso as coach. Leonardo has this summer stopped being sports director for the Parisian club and has not yet decided on his future. The largest shareholder had thought initially in Ramón Planes -ex by Getafe and Barcelona- and contacted him to give him a suggestion. But between the fact that he also had Barkalas, a candidate in the Athletic election, and that he did not really see the project clearly, he rejected the proposal.
In an interview with ‘L’Equipe’ where he goes through everything that has had to do with his departure from the Paris club, he also refers to Valencia’s proposal, although he answers evasively: “There is nothing concrete, we have talked a little, yes, but nothing more. [Valencia] is another club where I played, fact that people talk about me there makes me happy ”.
MARCA suspected on Friday, June 10, that Leonardo would be first on the list to lead the club’s sports area. One day after Gennaro Gattuso’s presentation, direct election of Peter Lim with direct advice from his friend agent Jorge Mendes The Singaporean tycoon was clear that the former black and white player could be an excellent alternative to take on the two roles he should have – between being a spokesman and leading the sports structure.
In any case, in the same interview, Leonardo loses one of the virtues that benefits him in the race to become Valencia’s sports director. “I was the sports director here [PSG] and in Milan, two clubs where I played; the fact that he has played in a club is something positive “, he warned.
Leonardo played for Valencia between 1991 and 1993, although he later returned to Brazil to continue his career as a footballer. He also played for PSG and Milan, and went through Japan’s Kashima Antlers. He had a short coaching career in Milan, Inter and Turkey’s Antalyaspor.