‘Never asked’ – PSG chief makes admission on Pochettino’s future 

Mauricio Pochettino
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Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has said that Mauricio Pochettino has never asked to leave the club and the Ligue 1 giants do not have any intention of letting the Argentine go.

Before confirming Nuno Espirito Santo as Jose Mourinho’s successor over the summer, Tottenham reportedly tried to bring Pochettino back to the club.

It was even claimed at the time that the Argentine was keen on a return to North London as he was said to be unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the 49-year-old ended up staying in Paris and has since put pen to paper on a contract extension with the Ligue 1 giants.

Over recent weeks, the former Tottenham boss has been heavily linked with the Manchester United job, with reports once again claiming that he was unhappy in Paris.

Some sources suggested that PSG would let Pochettino move to Old Trafford and were prepared to replace him with Zinedine Zidane.

However, United have admitted defeat in their pursuit of the former Spurs boss, with Ralf Rangnick now set to take over at the Red Devils on an interim basis.

Leonardo has now asserted that PSG have never wanted to let Pochettino go and that the Argentine has never expressed a desire to leave.

The Brazilian said (via The Guardian): “We don’t want Pochettino to leave. He has never asked to leave and no club has contacted us about him. 

“We have a lot of respect for Zinédine Zidane, for what he did as a player and coach, but I can tell you very clearly that there is no contact and that no meeting with him has taken place. 

“It’s ridiculous to imagine that a meeting with Zinédine Zidane could have taken place in a big hotel in Paris in front of the eyes of everyone.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

There were multiple reports both in the summer and over the past few weeks that Pochettino was not happy in Paris. I do believe there is some truth to those reports. 

While I am glad that United have seemingly failed to get the Argentine, I still expect them to appoint him at the end of the season as the 49-year-old is likely to leave PSG if they fail to win the Champions League.

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