Mauricio Pochettino insisted that “any huge participant on the earth is at all times welcome at Paris Saint-Germain” as the brand new coach of the French giants responded to questions on the potential for a sensational transfer for his compatriot Lionel Messi. The Argentine was requested a number of occasions about Messi at his first press convention since being named coach of PSG, with the Barcelona celebrity now free to barter with different golf equipment as his contract runs out in June.
“To be sincere we aren’t speaking about that, it has been a loopy interval for us, attempting to adapt to a brand new membership with conferences, coaching, getting ready for the sport tomorrow which is the primary goal,” mentioned former Tottenham Hotspur coach Pochettino, whose first match in control of PSG can be on Wednesday at Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1.
“We’re going to have time to speak sooner or later, however any huge participant on the earth is at all times welcome at Paris Saint-Germain.”
Neymar set tongues wagging final month when he spoke of his need to group up once more with Messi, his outdated teammate at Barcelona, subsequent season.
If that’s to occur, then proper now it appears extra prone to be in Paris than in Barcelona, with the Catalans struggling financially and in disaster at boardroom stage.
Messi, like Pochettino, comes from the Argentine province of Santa Fe. Messi’s boyhood membership was Newell’s Outdated Boys, the place Pochettino began his profession.
Alli, Eriksen hyperlinks
Within the short-term, names linked with strikes to PSG within the January window embody Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, each of whom performed below Pochettino at Tottenham.
“They’re rumours, and the fact is that we now have simply arrived and are working with the gamers who’re right here,” mentioned Pochettino of Eriksen, who’s presently at Inter Milan.
“The present actuality is difficult and internationally we’re all struggling.”
First recreation on Wednesday
Pochettino, 48, was appointed on a deal till the top of subsequent season, with the choice of an additional yr, having spent simply over a yr out of the sport after leaving Spurs.
He’s returning to Paris, the place he spent two and a half years as a participant between 2001 and 2003, because the successor to Thomas Tuchel.
The German was sacked regardless of taking PSG to the ultimate of the Champions League final season, with the Qatar-owned membership presently third in Ligue 1, a degree off prime spot.
“Father Christmas was good to me to present me this chance. We’re very a lot conscious of the dimensions of the problem right here. There’s huge strain as a result of this is without doubt one of the largest golf equipment on the earth,” mentioned Pochettino, who can be tasked with getting the perfect out of Neymar and his fellow celebrity ahead Kylian Mbappe.
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