After stumbling to a 13th place finish in Ligue 1 last season, Paris Saint-Germain should be more competitive this season in Le Championnat, according to president Robin Leproux.
Les Parisiens slumped badly in the league last season but enjoyed success in the Coupe de France and hence qualified for Europe via the back door. And they have responded by maintaining the services of Claude Makelele, who previously indicated that he would retire, as well as adding Mathieu Bodmer and Nene to their player pool.
“We announced late last season that we wanted to make the team more competitive,” the president explained to the club’s official website. “It was planned to recruit a player of great value. The arrival of Mathieu Bodmer was the first strong sign, and that of Nene is another. We continue to work to recruit quickly and have a full team for Le Championnat and other competitions, including in Europe.”
Nene’s signing was only announced on Monday, and Leproux believes acquiring the Brazilian is a major coup. “Nene had many other proposals but chose Paris,” the official explained. “It’s a strong sign. He made a bet because he knows that his performance will be followed. There is much at stake. He knows he is expected and appreciated.
“I am very pleased with the arrival of a player like Nene to us. It is important because last season there was a deficit in this position [on the left side of midfield]. Nene will perpetuate the tradition of Brazilian players who shine with PSG at the Parc des Princes.”
Such was the performance level of Nene in Monaco last season, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque reportedly looked at taking advantage of the player’s dual nationality by drafting the set piece specialist in on an experimental basis.
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