Kluivert, PSG part ways

Patrick Kluivert has vacated the position of Paris Saint-Germain director of football, the club confirmed, saying that the decision was made by mutual consent.

The former Barcelona hitman was brought in to accompany new manager Unai Emery in the club's quest for European glory but instead presided over the club's first Ligue 1 failure in five seasons.

"The club would like to underline the quality of the relationships Patrick developed, over recent months, with the senior-team players and staff as well as with the administrators, educators and players at the youth academy and their families," a club statement read.

"The club would like to thank Patrick Kluivert for the great professionalism he always showed and wishes him all the best for the challenges he chooses to take on in the years to come."

Kluivert's departure comes two months after sporting director Olivier Letang also opted to resign from his position in a move that many interpreted as preemptive, given the amount of pressure he was under following the French club's Champions League defeat at the hands of Barcelona desite going into the second leg of the fixture with a four-goal advantage.

Whether these resignations are a sign of an impending shakeup at Parc des Princes remain to be seen but it is expected that Emery's job is safe, with the former Sevilla coach receiving the backing of the club's ambitious owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi.