Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva are set to leave Paris St-Germain this summer after the conclusion of the club’s Champions League campaign in August.
The 33-year-old Cavani is PSG’s record scorer with 200 goals and the 35-year-old Silva is club captain.
“It was a difficult decision to make – they are players who made their mark on the club’s history,” sporting director Leonardo told Le Journal du Dimanche.
“The stories were so beautiful. But, yes, we are coming to the end.”
He added: “We had to make a logical decision. Maybe we are wrong, I do not know – there is never a perfect moment. Now the Champions League is still in sight, and the idea is to continue competing with them until the end of August. How it can be done is not yet clear.”
Both players’ contracts are due to expire on 30 June. Ligue 1 was cancelled in April, but the Champions League is due to be completed in August with a mini-tournament behind closed doors.
PSG resume training on 22 June and are already through to the Champions League quarter-finals after beating Borussia Dortmund in March before football was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
When asked if forwards Neymar and Kylian Mbappe would still be at the club next season, Leonardo said:
“Nothing tells us otherwise.
“They still have two years on their contracts and we’re more thinking about the future with them. We want to go forward.”
That PSG decided not to renew Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva is not as surprise. They are both on big wages and are in their 30’s. The challenge for Leonardo is convincing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to sign new contracts. Both are under contract until 2022, which gives PSG a year to convince them to turn down the advances of Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, and stay in Paris, and that will be difficult.