Pochettino in PSG link

Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino if Carlos Ancelotti decides to depart the French club at the end of the season.

Although Pochettino has repeatedly said he has two years left on his contract with the Catalans and intends to see them out, several clubs are being linked with a move for the Argentine before the start of next season reports Mundo Deportivo. Among them are cash-rich PSG, where some are starting to question Ancelotti after his team was recently overtaken at the head of the table by Montpellier.

The Italian signed a two-year deal at the Parc des Princes in December with an annual salary of over €6m-a-year, but is understood to have had disagreements with certain people at the club, including Argentine international midfielder Javier Pastore who became the costliest player in French footballer when he joined the Parisians from Palermo last August for €42m.

However, Ancelotti has been unhappy with the 22-year-old’s performances in recent matches and Pastore is now being touted for a possible return to Italy – with Juventus and Inter Milan thought to be interested – as PSG’s owners continue to worry that despite their heavy investment things are not going to plan.

Director of football Leonardo, who left Inter for PSG and was a firm supporter of Ancelotti’s appointment, has also intimated he is unhappy in Paris and would be willing to go back to Italy, with Inter owner Massimo Moratti having left the door open for a possible return. All of which has placed Pochettino in PSG’s sights after impressing at the Cornella El-Prat this season with what has been a young and virtually inexperienced side.

Despite his comments that he would prefer to see out his current agreement Pochettino could be open to talks with the French outfit, particularly since Valencia are also rumoured to be monitoring his situation if they opt to dispense with Unai Emery’s services.

When asked about being linked with other clubs after Espanyol’s 4-0 victory over Los Che last Sunday, Pochettino did not categorically rule out a change of scenery.

“In football a Coach always has an expiry date and in football you go where you are wanted,” he commented.

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