Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo Araujo has admitted that Mauricio Pochettino may have had doubts over his future in Paris in the past.
Before confirming Nuno Espirito Santo as Jose Mourinho’s successor last summer, Tottenham reportedly tried to bring Pochettino back to the club (Evening Standard).
Alasdair Gold even claimed at the time that the Argentine was keen on a return to North London and informed PSG of his desire to re-join his former club.
However, the 50-year-old ended up staying in Paris and subsequently put pen to paper on a contract extension with the Ligue 1 giants.
Over recent weeks, it has been reported that Daniel Levy will look to bring the PSG boss back to Spurs if Antonio Conte leaves in the summer (The Telegraph).
Pochettino is also thought to be on Manchester United’s shortlist to take over from interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season (ESPN).
Leonardo has now insisted that PSG have never thought about changing their manager and the former Spurs boss has never asked to leave the club.
The Brazilian said (via French journalist Hadrien Grenier): “We never thought of changing coaches. We never contacted Zidane or anyone.
“I think Pochettino may have had moments of doubt, but he never asked to leave. I have no problem with him. We talk about everything.”
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The moment of doubt that Leanardo was referring to, might have been when Spurs tried to re-sign Pochettino last summer. I doubt there would have been such intense speculation last summer unless there was a real possibility of the Argentine rejoining.
However, after that move fell through, Levy seemingly decided to go a different route and hand over the reins of the club to Fabio Paratici, thus leaving the Italian with the task of hiring the club’s next manager.
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