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Thu 14 Jul 2011 06:03 PM

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Leonardo joins Qatar-owned Paris St Germain

Brazilian stunned Inter Milan football club by recently leaving as coach after just six months at the job

Leonardo joins Qatar-owned Paris St Germain
Newly elected supervisory board president of Paris Saint-Germain, Nasser Al-Khelaifi (L) of Qatar, and Leonardo (R) give a press conference at the Parc des princes stadium on July 13, 2011 in Paris

Former Inter Milan coach Leonardo was appointed general manager of Qatar-owned Paris St Germain on Wednesday and vowed to stay for the long term having made quick exits from his previous two jobs in Italy.

The Brazilian stunned Inter by recently leaving as coach after just six months having also quit as AC Milan manager last year following a one-season stint.

With Inter and Milan bosses saying the 41-year-old feels he is more suited to a director role than working as a coach on the training ground, Leonardo declared he had come to his former club PSG to "build a long-term project".

"Paris is the only European capital not to have a competitive team. But the potential is there," he told reporters in impeccable French before backing coach Antoine Kombouare, who led the side to fourth place in Ligue 1 last term.

"I will call him this evening. I do not want to change [the squad's] routine. [...] I coached a team a month ago, I know what it's like," the Brazilian added.

The recent arrival at PSG of wealthy buyers from Qatar has fuelled rumours of huge transfer bids despite the French league struggling to compete with its European peers in recent years but Leonardo tried to calm the speculation.

"We are not talking about buying 13 Messis. We are in no hurry to recruit," he said, adding that his contract for the all-powerful role within the sporting division of the club is "indefinite".

Leonardo, who finished his playing career at AC Milan in 2003, spent one season at PSG in 1996-97.

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