Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that he never considered leaving the Ligue 1 giants this summer and was very clear about his future, thereby discarding reports of exit from the Parc des Princes as mere rumors.
The Argentine manager was heavily linked with a return to Tottenham Hotspur after the dismissal of his successor Jose Mourinho, especially after PSG lost the Ligue 1 title to Lille.
Regardless, the French club made it clear that they were eager to keep their boss amid reports that Spurs would have forced Pochettino’s hand to tender his resignation or pay a huge sum to release him from the contract. It’s a very funny proposition though, as the Spurs I know would never do that.
Pochettino stayed put while Spurs settled for former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo. PSG went on to back their new boss with the summer signings of Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma amongst others ahead of the upcoming season.
Regardless, Pochettino in a chat with Le Parisien dismissed the reports, adding that the relaxed relationship he had with the club’s chiefs meant that his future was not a concern.
‘There were a lot of rumors. We all know what the reality of football is. There are moves between clubs, involving players and managers, so the rumors are always there.
‘I’ve always maintained a calm, fluid relationship with the president and with Leonardo. Things were always clear, there was no reason to say anything more.’
He went on to speak about the club’s snapping up of Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan, and Gini Wijnaldum from Liverpool on a free transfer this summer. He disclosed that he was pleased with the club’s progress in the market and added that some exits were also necessary to help balance the books.
‘I think the club is doing a great job. We’re slowly reaching the objectives that we were looking for at the start of the window. So I’m happy with the work PSG is doing on the whole.
‘A balance needs to be found between arrivals and departures. Like with all clubs, there will be some adjustments made over the course of the summer. We have to remain attentive to any opportunities.’