Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he is likely to stay on as Paris Saint-Germain manager next season – together with forward Kylian Mbappe.
Pochettino’s revelation comes despite reports suggesting both the former Tottenham manager and Mbappe were set to move on this summer.
In his pre-match press conference ahead of the newly-crowned trip to Strasbourg on Friday, he gave a very different take on the situation.
Asked what the percentage chance was of the pair remaining in the French capital past the summer, Pochettino replied: “100% in both cases.”
Pochettino then elaborated on the 23-year-old’s future and took an optimistic stance on the outcome of the youngster’s decision.
“He will stay,” he added. “That’s what I can see today, it’s what I feel. But then in football you can expect anything. ”
With his contract at the Parc des Princes expiring in June, Mbappe has been the subject of intense speculation around his future after angling for a move to Real Madrid last summer.
So far, Mbappe has turned down multiple contract proposals from PSG, instead preferring to wait until the end of the season to make a final decision.
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LaLiga leaders Real claim to have a verbal agreement with the World Cup winner, who would join them on a free transfer in the summer.
If Mbappe does continue his PSG adventure then it is likely to happen once his current deal ends on June 30.
PSG would therefore save themselves a whopping £ 29.5million payment to Monaco who inserted a contract extension clause into the deal that took the Frenchman to PSG in 2017.
Pochettino – who has one year remaining on his contract – has himself been linked with the Real Madrid post in addition to a move back to the Premier League, amid reports that the 50-year-old is unhappy in Paris.
A fractious relationship with sporting director Leonardo has contributed to Pochettino’s troubles and a cataclysmic collapse in the Champions League against Real Madrid in March added further tension to their relationship.
PSG’s Qatari owners have reportedly called for a ‘new cycle’ at the club next season which could result in the dismissal of Pochettino and as many as seven first-team players moved on.
Neymar is the biggest name facing the ax with some figures at the club unhappy with the return on their world-record £ 200 million investment in 2017.
Injuries and loss of form have hampered the Brazilian during his time in Paris with some believing that the performances Neymar delivers for Brazil far exceed those for the French outfit.
Mauro Icardi, Idrissa Gueye, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer, Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa are some of the other names likely to be shipped out whilst Angel di Maria will be allowed to leave when his contract expires in June.
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