In an interview with Le Parisien this evening, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi notably discussed the imminent change in management at the club.
He confirmed that talks were underway with Nice for Christophe Galtier, while also indicating that the club had never been in talks with Zinédine Zidane. Al-Khelaifi also explains that this new era for PSG will be less focused on glamour and more on realism.
Have you found an agreement with Nice for Christophe Galtier?
No, not yet. We have a shortlist of coaches, we’re in talks with Nice, it’s no secret. I hope we’ll reach an agreement soon but I respect Nice and their president [Jean-Pierre] Rivère, everyone is defending their own interests.
Why did ZInédine Zidane not want to join Paris?
I love Zidane, he was an amazing player, with incredible class. Also an exceptional manager with three Champions League titles. But I will tell you one thing: we have never spoken with him, neither directly nor indirectly. Many clubs are interested in him, national teams as well, but we have never spoken to him.
`When you say “we”, does that include people over in Qatar?
When I say “we” I mean PSG. I am the president of PSG and I have never spoken to him.
So PSG have never spoken to one of the best managers in the world, who is French, and most of all free?
We chose another option. We’ve gone for a manager who will be the best for what we want to put into place.
The supporters had dreamt of Zidane and now find themselves with Galtier. Are you not scared that they will upset?
Dreaming is one thing, reality is another. Maybe we should also change our slogan [Dream Bigger], it’s good but these days we have to be realistic more than anything. We don’t want to be flashy or bling bling anymore, it’s the end of the glitter. We’ve done some great things in the last eleven years, but every year we have to ask ourselves how we can progress, how we can get better.