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Nasser Al-Khelaifi
Gender Male
Ethnic Qatari
Job Owner of PSG
Desc Qatari businessman Nasser Al-Khelaifi is the head of Qatar Sports Investments, which owns and operates French team Paris Saint-Germain. Al-Khelaifi is also the chairman of the beIN Media group, which broadcasts a variety of sports, and he was the mastermind behind the world record €222 million (£198m/$263m) transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to PSG

2019 05 25 Retrieve

[Thomas Tuchel has ended the exit talk which had been surrounding him at Paris Saint-Germain by signing a contract extension through to 2021] Today the whole Paris Saint-Germain family is delighted to see Thomas Tuchel extend his contract. For a year now, Thomas has been bringing fantastic energy to the daily life of the club, not only for the players, but for the whole of Paris Saint-Germain. Our supporters immediately took to this coach who is always keen to share his analysis and emotions with as many people as possible. Thomas is a huge football fan and a very demanding manager who also listens to others. Thomas has expertise in the game as well as great managerial skills and we are delighted to be able to rely on his qualities on a long-term basis

2019 06 14 Retrieve

[Leonardo returns to PSG to replace Antero Henrique as sporting director] It is always a special moment to see Leonardo return to Paris Saint-Germain. ‘Leo’ has a place in our club’s history and we all know the role he played as sporting director at the start of our project. Paris Saint-Germain has always remained his family and we are delighted to welcome him back. His return, with his enthusiasm and talent, will bring the club into a new ambitious cycle and I am sure that this reunion will bring happiness to the Parc des Princes, which has always kept’Leo’ in its heart.

Paris Saint-Germain and Antero Henrique have decided to terminate their agreement by mutual consent. In his two seasons as sporting director since joining Paris Saint-Germain on 2 June 2017, the Portuguese helped the men’s senior team to the Ligue 1 title in 2018 and 2019, the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue wins in 2018 as well as the Trophee des Champions in 2017 and 2018. The club thanks Antero Henrique for his professionalism and commitment over the past two years and wishes him all the best for his future projects

2019 06 16 Retrieve

[PSG president warns superstar players] Players will have to assume their responsibilities even more than before. It must be completely different. They will have to do more, work more. They are not here to please themselves. If they do not agree, the doors are open. Ciao!

[PSG’s change in direction comes as a result of recent changes to their off-pitch personnel as the club announced that Leonardo Araujo would be replacing Antero Henrique as sporting director for a second spell] I realised that changes were essential, otherwise we were going nowhere. In two minutes the case was settled between us, he will have all the sports powers. Leo, this is my guy. He is incredible, I have total confidence in him. His natural authority will do good for everyone, especially the players

2019 06 17 Retrieve

[PSG president Al-Khelaifi hands control to Leonardo amid Neymar exit talk] I realised that changes were essential, otherwise we were going nowhere. In two minutes the case was settled between [me and Leonardo]. He will have all the sporting powers. Leo is my guy. He is incredible. I have total confidence in him. His natural authority will do good for everyone, especially the players.

[PSG They also failed to defend their Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France titles, but Tuchel has been rewarded with a new contract] Players will have to assume their responsibilities even more than before. It must be completely different. They will have to do more, work more. They are not there to please themselves. And if they do not agree, the doors are open. Ciao! I do not want to have any celebrity behaviour anymore

2019 06 17b Retrieve

[PSG president prepared to talk with Neymar if he wants out] I want players willing to give everything to defend the honour of the jersey and to join the club project. Those who do not want that, or do not understand, we will meet and we will talk to each other. There are of course contracts to be respected, but the priority now is total membership of our project. Nobody forced him to sign here. Nobody pushed him. He came knowingly to join a project.

[He has said of potential departures] The players are going to have to assume their responsibilities even more than before. It has to be completely different. They will have to do more, work more… They are not here to have fun. And if they don’t agree with this point of view, the doors are open. Ciao! I no longer want to have superstar behaviour

2019 06 17c Retrieve

[When asked for an update on Kylian Mbappe’s future] He wants to be more involved in our project, to grow with the team and the club. But I explained to him that what he wants, he does not need to ask for. We must go and hit those targets and sometimes even tear them away. We do not wait, we lead. As he is very intelligent, I am sure he understood. Will he still be at PSG next year? I am not 100% sure but 200%! I will not let go of this player

: 2019 06 18 Now it’s official: PSG’s Project Neymar has failed. Paris Saint-Germain’s investment in Neymar is unprecedented in the history of the sport - some €222 million paid in a transfer fee to Barcelona plus a reported €700,000 per week contract. And while PSG won the French Ligue 1 title yet again, the season overall cannot be said to have been a success for the club or for the world’s most expensive player ever

2019 06 18b Retrieve

[PSG president Al-Khelaifi reiterates that Kylian Mbappe was certain to remain in Paris next season, but the status of fellow superstar Neymar was left a little unclear] I do not want to have any celebrity behaviour anymore. Players will have to assume their responsibilities even more than before. It must be completely different. They will have to do more, work more. They are not here to please themselves. If they do not agree, the doors are open. Ciao!

[Al-Khelaifi has now stated on the record that the days of superstar privilege - and superstar behaviour - are at an end] I want players willing to give everything to defend the honour of the jersey and to join the club project. Those who do not want that, or do not understand, we will meet and we will talk to each other. There are of course contracts to be respected, but the priority now is total membership of our project. Nobody forced him to sign here. Nobody pushed him. He came knowingly to join a project

: 2019 06 18c Under Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s guidance, which has been bankrolled to a lavish degree, PSG have been able to establish unprecedented dominance over the French domestic game but have persistently fallen short in continental competition. one unnamed source close to the case told ‘In Doha, they are not worried. They are 1000% in support of Nasser and believe he will come out of it untouched’

2019 07 08 Retrieve

[PSG’s first warning for Neymar] I don’t want any more celebrity behaviour. I need Neymar to show me that he fully wants to be here. Just like the other [players]. No one forced him to sign [for PSG]. No one pushed him into it. He came knowing perfectly well what the project was.

I’m not saying that PSG will get rid of him this summer. I repeat, Neymar, like the other players, has to believe in our project and guarantee to us his commitment. And while he continues being at home, there will be no problem at all

2019 08 29 Retrieve

[PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi expects big Champions League atmospheres as PSG prepare for Real Madrid test] We do not have an easy draw but it’s the Champions League, we do everything we can to get ready. Real Madrid is a big club, we have a lot of respect for them, but we’re PSG, we need to prepare well for this match, it’s a good preparation for us, the goal is to go as far as possible

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[PSG president Al-Khelaifi confident name will be cleared in latest bribery case] After an exhaustive three-year investigation, where I have fully and openly cooperated with the Public Prosecutor in Switzerland, I am pleased that all charges of bribery in connection with the 2026 and 2030 World Cups have been dropped

As I have said vehemently and repeatedly for three years, the charges have not - and have never had - any basis whatsoever, either in fact or law. It is now - finally - indisputable fact that the 2026 and 2030 agreements were negotiated at arms lengths and without any improper influence in any form.

After the most forensic public, private, lawful and unlawful scrutiny of all my dealings, I have been cleared of all suspicions of bribery and the case has been dismissed definitively and conclusively. While a secondary technical charge remains outstanding, I have every expectation that this will be proven completely groundless and without any substance whatsoever, in the same way as the primary case.

While I have cooperated with all authorities during the legal process, the three-year investigation has been characterised by constant leaks, misinformation and a seemingly relentless agenda to smear my reputation in the media - completely irrespective of the facts and the notion of due process.

For that reason, I have requested the relevant Swiss authorities to open a criminal enquiry into the conduct of the investigation. I also reserve the right to take action against certain media who for three years have repeatedly published factually-unsupported and highly damaging articles, often based on illegally-sourced and - quite remarkably in some cases - faked and fabricated materials, to satisfy their narrative of my supposed guilt

2020 03 11 Retrieve

[Neymar becomes the talisman PSG dreamed of to dump Dortmund out of Champions League] Neymar has come to join us to write Paris Saint-Germain history

2020 04 28 Retrieve

[PSG president Al-Khelaifi willing to play home Champions League matches abroad if necessary] We respect the decision of the French government. With agreement of UEFA, we intend to take part in the final phase of the Champions League in the places and dates where it will be organised. If it isn’t possible to play in France, we will play our matches abroad and we will make sure of the best conditions of health security for our players and all our staff

2020 05 18 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has explained his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo] Year after year, he shows a unique determination, an extraordinary strength of character. He remains motivated by this desire to improve every day and he always pushes his limits. I admire this relentless will; he is a great example for all athletes of the future.

Thinking back to all the players who have joined us since the beginning of our ambition with PSG, I could still highlight the time of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his character, his leadership, his charisma and his ability to get things done. He was always reliable, and when the situation demanded something from him, he knew how to stand up to the challenges of the moment

I must also quote David Beckham. Although he was only at PSG for a short time, he had a transformative effect on our club. His investment in training, his concern for applying every detail at every moment, his determination to succeed, his taste for teamwork and his natural aura were extremely precious assets