'Paris Saint-Germain will always remember Gérard Houllier'

Deeply saddened by the passing of Gérard Houllier, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the Paris Saint-Germain CEO and Chairman, paid tribute to the man who brought the club its first French title in 1986.

"Gérard Houllier's passing touches me greatly and I know the whole Paris Saint-Germain family feels profound sadness, from the fans to former players and all those who work with the club. I had a lot of esteem and admiration for what Gérard had achieved in football, and it will leave a long-lasting impression. Paris Saint-Germain will always remember Gérard Houllier, who was in the dug-out at the time of the club's first league title in 1986 before he went on to take on major roles in French and European football.

"On this sad day, I extend my friendship to his family, his numerous friends and all those former players who worked under Gérard Houllier at the time of my predecessor, Francis Borelli. He's a major figure in our club who has now left us and we'll pay tribute to him at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday to show our recognition and the affection we had for him."