Paris Saint-Germain technical director Leonardo has criticised German clubs for poaching young talents from France. Recently Bayern Munich signed Tanguy Kouassi from PSG on a free transfer after the youngster decided not to sign a contract extension. Leonardo blames the German clubs for ‘brainwashing’ the talents and persuading their parents to transfer to Germany.
“German clubs, especially Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund , are dredging more and more of young players from France,” Leonardo said in an interview with the French newspaper Le Parisien. “They are a danger to youth academies in France and that is a big problem.” In recent years Dortmund have signed Dan Axel-Zagadou from France, while RB Leipzig signed Dayot Upamecano when he was 16.
Leonardo says the clubs from Germany would call parents and offer big salaries to players aged 16 or even younger. “At the age of 15 or 16, the young talents get their heads turned. Maybe the rules should be changed to protect the French clubs,” said Leonardo.