Paris Saint-German are believed to be ‘extremely confident’ of keeping Mauricio Pochettino – and have been left baffled by reports that he could leave after just five months in charge to return to Tottenham.
Reports have emerged in the last week or so suggesting that Spurs have sensationally made the Argentinean their No.1 target for their next manager despite only sacking him as recently as November 2019.
Pochettino and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy are believed to still have a good relationship, and there is thought to be a desire from both parties to reunite.
However, according to The Telegraph PSG have triggered a 12-month extension in Pochettino’s current contract, meaning he is now tied to PSG until June 2023.
And they are insistent that they are not worried about Pochettino walking out on them, and have them firmly in their plans ahead of next season.
It means that if Pochettino is serious about leaving and returning to north London he may have to go public with his wishes in a bid to force an exit.
And Spurs might be forced to pay an eye-watering amount of compensation if they wish to secure his services.
Pochettino had also been linked with the Real Madrid job before Carlo Ancelotti was appointed by Los Blancos on Tuesday, but it now seems he is left with the choice of either carrying on with PSG or attempting to secure a messy divorce in order to go back to Spurs.
Not everyone is convinced Pochettino really wants to leave PSG so soon, however.
Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan took to talkSPORT on Tuesday to state his belief that he is using Spurs’ interest as a tactic to gain more power at PSG over their sporting director Leonardo.
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Jordan said: “I think there’s a power play going on.
“I think Pochettino is using Tottenham as a stalking horse to perhaps insert greater influence into what is reputed to be quite a difficult environment to work in – PSG’s chain of communication, the line of command, the lack of access to the ultimate controlling influence which is the money, and historically the relationship that managers have with Leonardo.
“I realise that we may be seeing a more measured and balanced Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea as a result of experiences, but if you roll back six or seven months he was at odds with the PSG hierarchy and at odds with Leonardo, so it doesn’t surprise you that there may be challenges in the way they interact with one another.
“I still find it difficult to comprehend the notion that Pochettino will come back to Tottenham, and why either party would really, really want that.”