With a French legend waiting in the wings, the Argentine “Mauricio Pochettino” has been linked with a summer move away from Parc des Princes.
Mauricio Pochettino’s presence at Paris Saint-Germain continues to be questioned, but the Argentine is refusing to be drawn on reports that he could leave France for Manchester United this summer as Zinedine Zidane takes over at the Parc des Princes.
The possibility of a move to Old Trafford is not new for the Argentine, who has been on the Red Devils’ radar for some time, but speculation has increased as the Premier League giants prepare to make another permanent appointment in their dugout.
There’s also no escaping the fact that Zidane, the 1998 World Cup winner, is still unemployed after leaving Real Madrid for the second time in 2021, despite reports that he’s being lined up for a return to France.
What’s been said so far?
“I don’t know, it’s not up to me to decide,” Pochettino told El Larguero when asked if Zidane is set to succeed him at PSG.
“Zidane is a great coach, he already showed it at Real Madrid. He can train any team in the world. Also, he is French. That is one more question for the sporting director or the president.”
When asked if he’s looking over his shoulder while Zidane waits in the wings, Mauricio Pochettino replied, “No, no, no.” When Zinedine Zidane was at Real Madrid, for example… How many rumors about me surfaced in England?
“We, when we take charge of a club with the visibility of PSG, we know that this comes with the position. That has to be accepted, otherwise I could not be sitting here in front of you right now as PSG coach.”
Is Pochettino on his way to Real Madrid?
While a move to Manchester is being discussed for a man who previously worked in England at Southampton and Tottenham, there has been talk of him heading to Madrid in the past.
It’s possible he’ll follow in Zidane’s footsteps at Santiago Bernabeu down the road, but the South American is keen to distance himself from any future job speculation for the time being.
“I go step by step, like [Atletico Madrid boss] Cholo Simeone.” he said when asked about the possibility of returning to Spain at some point after cutting his coaching teeth at Espanyol.
“I think you have to enjoy the moments.” We can’t be thinking about what will happen next. He continued, we need to be focused and concentrated on what we have right now, because football will do whatever it wants with us later.
“We are responsible for doing our best and giving 100% for the club we work for. We are 200% focused on PSG and on giving this club the happiness they expect from us.”
PSG, who lead Ligue 1 by 13 points, are counting down the days until their heavyweight Champions League last-16 clash with Real Madrid, which will take place in the French capital on Tuesday.