Mauricio Pochettino’s future was ‘always clear’ as he opens the lid on his rumoured return to Tottenham
Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that a move back to Tottenham was not on the cards and that his future at Paris Saint Germain was ‘always clear’ despite the rumours.
The Argentine boss was appointed as Spurs head coach in 2014 and eventually guided the north London club to the Champions League final, however, following an unfortunate spell of faltering form Pochettino was sacked in the dawning stages of the 2019/20 season.
Paris Saint Germain, who sacked Thomas Tuchel in December 2020 just over a year after Daniel Levy relieved Pochettino of his duties, appointed the 49-year-old boss the following January.
However, despite leaving north London for Paris well over a year since his dismissal as Tottenham manager, rumours linking Pochettino back to his former side followed his across the English channel, which he put to bed.
Speaking to Le Parisien, the former Argentina international revealed that a return to north London was never on the cards, acknowledging he was aware of the rumours before reaffirming his strong relationship with the PSG sporting director Leonardo Araújo
Pochettino said: “There were a lot of rumours. We all know what the reality of football is. There are moves between clubs, involving players and managers, so the rumours 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.”
The former Tottenham boss continued by expressing his satisfaction at the helm of Les Parc des Princes, highlighting his contentment for the work being done in the summer transfer market.
Pochettino said: “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.”
The French outfit, who finished second in Ligue 1 last season to the hands of Lille, have operated swiftly in the transfer market recruiting Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan for £71 million while also signing Gianluigi Donnarumma, Gini Wijnaldum and Sergio Ramos all on free deals.
“A balance needs to be found between arrivals and departures,” concluded Pochettino, speaking on the wealth of talent that has already arrived this summer.
“Like with all clubs, there will be some adjustments made over the course of the summer. We have to remain attentive to any opportunities.”
However, despite PSG’s best efforts to build a Champions League winning side, Lille have once again pilled on the misery ending PSG’s eight-year Trophee des Champions dominance.