In an interview with Catalan channel Esport3 during his holidays in Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has discussed his contract situation, with one year left on his current deal and reports that he will be replaced this summer.
His words transcribed in Le Parisien – who add that newly-arrived sporting director Luis Campos has already drawn up a shortlist of successors – the Argentine has nevertheless insisted that he is remaining calm.
“I have another year left on my contract and there are lots of rumours. I’ve been sacked every week [according to the rumours/media], being at PSG brings with it that kind of thing. The club is trying to reinvent itself. The president [Nasser Al-Khelaifi] will soon explain his new project, but I am calm.”
“To get to PSG you have to be a good manager, and after one and a half years I feel like one of the best. Managing a dressing room with that many stars has been a daily learning experience. We were so close to knocking out Real Madrid, as Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool were. I think we were far better, but we lacked that final touch. If the objective is to win the Champions League, it makes sense that that kind of [post-match] turmoil would take place.”
“The turmoil started after the defeat to Real Madrid. We won the league, as other managers did like Blanc and Ancelotti. I like Manchester City because they gave Pep Guardiola the chance to build. They gave him time. You need that at PSG too. By giving some serenity to the project, we’ll be close to winning the Champions League.”