Paris Saint-Germain are said to have ‘no intention’ of allowing Mauricio Pochettino to leave, despite reports linking the manager to both Tottenham and Real Madrid.
Pochettino took charge of the Parisian side in January following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, though recent reports have suggested the Argentine has failed to settle in the French capital and is considering his future.
The 49-year-old reportedly has ‘internal issues’ at the Parc des Princes and would be open to a departure, with Spurs having emerged as surprise suitors for a manager who they dismissed from his position at the club just over 18 months ago.
The north London side are yet to make an appointment following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, with their search for a new manager, who shares the traits that made Pochettino successful in the Premier League, leading chairman Daniel Levy to a familiar face.
Real Madrid have also been linked with Pochettino after Zinedine Zidane stepped down at the Bernabeu, though football.london are reporting that PSG have ‘no intention’ of allowing their head coach to leave.
PSG endured a disappointing domestic campaign to miss out on the Ligue 1 title for only the second time across the past nine seasons, whilst the French side also exited the Champions League at the semi-final stage to Manchester City.
The club are keen to avoid more managerial upheaval however, and have reportedly taken up an option to extend Pochettino’s contract until 2023 amid the interest from Spurs and Madrid.
Spurs have not given up on their pursuit of Pochettino despite PSG’s stance, though are aware that they could miss out on alternative targets should it become a protracted chase, including Erik ten Hag and Antonio Conte – the latter also a target for Real Madrid.
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Author: Harry Diamond