General Manager Jean-Claude Blanc leaves PSG after 12 seasons in Paris

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Jean-Claude Blanc, who took on the PSG General Manager position all the way back in 2011, will leave Paris Saint-Germain once the calendar turns to 2023.

The soon-to-be former general manager of PSG will turn 60 years old next year and he will leave PSG on Jan. 1, according to an official statement released by Paris Saint-Germain on Monday.

"Jean-Claude Blanc’s end date will be confirmed in the new year while he manages the upcoming transition to a new executive," says the official statement.

At 59 years old, Blanc is leaving the club he joined way back in October 2011, after spending more than a decade in Paris as the general manager of PSG. The native of Chambéry will join the INEOS group, according to information from L'Equipe. This group owns OGC Nice along with, most prominently a top-tier cycling team competing in the grandest of stages of the sport such as Le Tour de France.

The date of his departure has not yet been specified, but the club says it may not be before the end of the season.

Jean-Claude Blanc arrived in PSG back in October 2011 and will leave Paris next January

"Further additional senior management arrivals to the Club are being announced in the new year, as the Club continues its transformation on and off the field," says PSG's own statement.

“We sincerely thank Jean-Claude for his fantastic contributions to the history and success of Paris Saint-Germain over so many years. The Club has developed enormously during this time. We are now perfectly positioned to take the Club to the next level which will be delivered by the new management team to be announced in due course," PSG said.

"We wish Jean-Claude every possible success for his next professional challenge next year. He leaves with our gratitude, and will always remain part of our family.”

Blanc included a brief statement on the official note, saying that "the last 12 seasons have been an amazing professional adventure and I am proud to have helped Paris Saint-Germain become the international sports powerhouse that it is today."

"During this period, PSG won an unprecedented 53 trophies across the football and multi-sports sections, while becoming one of most successful premium sports and lifestyle brands in the world. I would like to thank personally PSG President and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaïfi for his great leadership, his trust and friendship. I wish the entire PSG family every continued success in its next phase," finished Blanc.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi is expected to make more changes in the structure of PSG. Michelle Gilbert and Pascal Ferré will join the club soon. Announcements are planned for the beginning of January.

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PSG want to continue building a new organizational structure, which began last summer with the arrival of the Galtier-Campos duo in the Parisian offices.