In an interview with Le Parisien, published on Tuesday June 21, the president of Paris SG Nasser Al-Khelaïfi claims to have “never discussed” with Zinédine Zidane for the post of coach and confirms discussions to recruit Christophe Galtier. The Qatari leader ‘adores’ Zidane, a ‘fantastic player’ and an ‘exceptional coach’, but the capital club have not targeted him for his bench. “We never spoke with him, neither directly nor indirectly”, Al-Khelaïfi cut short, without ruling out that other personalities from Qatar have approached the former number 10 of the Blues: “When I say ‘we’, c is PSG. I am the president of PSG and I have never discussed with him. »

The Parisian president assures that a turn is being taken by the club, eager to get rid of “the flashy, the bling-bling, it’s the end of the glitter”. As a result, “we have chosen a coach who will be the best for what we want to put in place,” said the Qatari leader, confirming discussions with current Nice coach Christophe Galtier. “I hope that we will find an agreement quickly, but I respect Nice and the president (Jean-Pierre) Rivère, everyone defends their interests,” he added.

In the interview, Al-Khelaïfi does not mention at any time the name of the current coach of PSG, the Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino, who arrived in January 2021 and who has one year of contract left. Asked about Leonardo, the sporting director dismissed, the club boss wanted to “thank” him for the “incredible work” accomplished. “We wish him the best. It’s football… I know a lot of clubs will be interested in him because he has a lot of experience. »