Paris Saint-Germain have extended the contract of manager Mauricio Pochettino by a further 12 months, keeping him in charge at the club until 2023. The Argentinian arrived at the Parc des Princes in January, taking over from now-Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel.
Pochettino has told the PSG website of his happiness at having his deal extended, and has spoken of the importance of feeling trusted by the club’s board.
Paris Saint-Germain Move to Extend Mauricio Pochettino Contract
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Pochettino Had Been Linked With a Return to Tottenham Hotspur
The Ligue 1 giants’ decision to extend Pochettino’s contract at the helm comes a matter of weeks after the 49-year-old had been heavily linked with a sensational return to former club Tottenham Hotspur, just six months after having been appointed as PSG manager.
Pochettino’s opening months at the club have not all passed smoothly. On the one hand, the former Spurs and Southampton boss has picked up his first silverware as a manager in the French domestic cup competitions. On the other, Pochettino’s PSG side relinquished their Ligue 1 title to Lille, who operate on a vastly inferior budget.
Having his deal extended by another year means Pochettino – who played for the club between 2001 and 2003 – will be expected to win back the league title next season and then defend it in the following campaign. PSG’s Qatari owners also harbour the immediate ambition of winning the Champions League under Pochettino.
Pochettino Speaks of Pride at Contract Extension
After PSG confirmed the news of Pochettino’s extension, the former club captain told the club’s website of his delight to be continuing as its manager in the longer term.
Pochettino said: “I’m really very happy, for myself and also for my staff. It’s very important for us to feel the confidence of the club and we will give our maximum so that the supporters are proud of Paris Saint-Germain. That’s why we will try and reach our objectives all together, as one. 20 years ago I was captain of this club and today I am the coach…it’s a dream come true.”
PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has also responded to the news, adding: “We are delighted that Mauricio has reaffirmed his commitment to the Paris Saint-Germain family. Having also captained the team 20 years ago, he understands the club values, ambition and vision for the future. With Mauricio’s leadership, we’re excited and confident about what the future holds.”
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