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PSG sporting director Leonardo to resign

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has resigned his position, the club announced on Wednesday.

"The club's board regret the decision, but respect it," a statement read. "It would like to express its thanks for the remarkable work accomplished in constructing in Paris a center-stage European club. It wishes for him to continue his brilliant career with success."

Leonardo, 43, came to the French capital in the summer of 2011 just shortly after the club was taken over by current owners Qatar Sports Investments.

The former Inter Milan and AC Milan boss then led an unprecedented spending spree, which netted the club superstars Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham, as well as its first Ligue 1 title since the 1993-94 season.

But Leonardo ran into a bit of controversy during a match against Valenciennes on May 5 last season when he barged into referee Alexandre Castro following what he felt was an unwarranted red card to Silva.

He was handed a nine-month ban from official match day duties by the French Football League, which was then extended until June of next year upon appeal.

Despite the impending suspension, Leonardo brought former French national team coach Laurent Blanc in as PSG's new boss following Carlo Ancelotti's departure for Real Madrid.