PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi admits talk of Mauricio Pochettino quitting the club “upsets him” as the Argentine continues to be linked with a Tottenham return.
The tactician has not yet spent a year at the helm in Paris but is already speculation is mounting over an early exit.
Pochettino left Tottenham in 2019 but his stock was incredibly high and PSG hope he can now take them to new heights.
The north Londoners are keen to bring him back with Daniel Levy prepared to make a sensational u-turn.
But Al-Khelaifi has been hurt by talk of Pochettino’s exit having already held discussions with him over how to take the team forward.
He told L’Equipe : “Look, at the end of the season, I had two meetings with Pochettino, two or three hours each time. He never told me he wanted to leave. He never had an attitude that suggested he wanted to leave.
“In fact, it’s the opposite. He was totally involved in everything: the club, the structure, the organisation, what he needs for next season…he talks almost every day with Leonardo about the transfer window and the players.
“This situation really upsets me. It’s not right. He’s been here since January, he still has two years left on his contract, he’s our coach. Just like they’re doing with Kylian Mbappe, people are trying to disturb us. But we’re together. No one will divide us by doing this.”
Pochettino was unable to lead the Parisians to the Ligue 1 title as they were pipped by Lille.
He did though win several domestic cups and take them to the last four of the Champions League and the club’s chief has hailed his abilities and past with the club.
“He’s one of the best coaches in the world,” Al-Khelaifi added. “What he has done for us in five months, what he did for his previous clubs, is great. Don’t forget that he also played for out club, there is a story with him. He’s the right person for us.
“Of course, we had the opportunity to win the title, but it was a very complicated season for us. The team did not have a real pre-season, we had a cascade of players affected by COVID-19, then we had to play every three days.
“If you look at the number of matches where we were able to field our best lineup, there can’t be many.
“These are not excuses, Lille deserves their title, they did a splendid job and I congratulate them. But we must take everything into consideration and learn from it for next season: get a good start to the league, not lose points against lesser opponents and show more commitment in Ligue 1 games.”