Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is leaving at the end of the season. Emery, who joined PSG in 2016, led the club to the Ligue 1 title this season, but his team were beaten in the last-16 of the Champions League by defending champions Real Madrid.
He is out of contract at the end of this campaign, and it had been widely predicted that the deal would not be renewed. "Thanks to the president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the sporting director Antero Henrique, the supporters and all the players for these two seasons". "That's the way I want to leave, on good terms, with respect for everyone and having always been honest".
"After an hour-long meeting between friends, I will leave with respect".
The Ligue 1 outfit have continued to enjoy success on the domestic front, with league titles and domestic cups under Emery's management.
"The first six months were hard", he said.
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Emery, he said, was "a model of commitment and ambition".
"First of all, PSG must be strong domestically - I believe in this project".
"The next coach, whoever it is, will find a big club, with big opportunities - I am there to offer some help".
The German Thomas Tuchel, without a club since his tumultuous departure from Borussia Dortmund in May 2017, is seen as the hot favourite to succeed Emery by French media.