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Al-Khelaïfi has ‘never discussed’ with Zidane and ‘hopes’ for an agreement for Galtier

The president of the Parisian club spoke in Le Parisien to discuss the outlines of the new team.

Zinédine Zidane will not be the coach of Paris SG next season. It was in the air, it is now a certainty. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi has definitively closed the chapter of rumors around the arrival of the former number 10 in an interview with Parisian on Tuesday. “I love Zidane, he was a fantastic player, of incredible class. An exceptional coach also with three Champions League. But I’ll tell you one thing: we never spoke with him, neither directly nor indirectly. Many clubs are interested in him, national teams too, but we have never discussed with him“, confided the Parisian president, specifying that the arrival of Christophe Galtier was hoped for at the club to replace Mauricio Pochettino. “We have a shortlist of coaches, we are talking to Nice, it’s no secret. I hope that we will find an agreement quickly but I respect Nice and President Rivère, everyone defends their interests“, added the leader who drew the outlines of a new-look PSG.

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We no longer want flashy, bling-bling, it’s the end of glitter.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi

After another failure on the European chessboard and an elimination in the round of 16 against Real Madrid, future winner of the Champions League, Al-Khelaïfi also announced the opening of a new era within the club, many times pointed out, in France and in Europe, for its attraction to all that glitters. A policy of stars which has not, for the moment, completely borne fruit. “The dream is one thing, the reality another. Perhaps we should also change our slogan… Dream Bigger (dream bigger) is good, but today we must above all be realistic, we no longer want flashy, bling-bling, it’s is the end of the sequins. We’ve done great things for eleven years, but every year we have to ask ourselves how to progress, how to be better“, which announced a tightening of bolts at all levels. “What I can tell you is that we expect all players to do a lot more than last season. Much more ! They must all be 100%. Clearly we weren’t good enough to go far“, said “NAK”, confirming in passing that Qatar was “there for a long time» after inviting unwanted and comfortably paid players to jump ship if they did not want to sign up for the new project: «Now, PSG’s position is clear: players who are not part of the project will have to leave. Some took advantage of the situation, now it’s over!»

This change of strategy, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi detailed it, stressing the importance of training in the years to come, based on his future training center in Poissy. “Eleven years ago I said that I wanted to train the future Messi, today I say that we want to train the future Mbappé, who would also come from Paris! It’s not easy, but we have everything to get there“, he added. Luis Campos, new sports director who “inculcate work culturewas also recruited with this in mind. “ Luis Campos will focus on the first team. But we want to discover new talents, new markets. We must explore new directions“, Hammered the boss of the club who also returned at length to the episode of the extension of Kylian Mbappé.

AL-Khelaïfi praises the Mbappé clan

But before talking about his favorite striker, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi wanted to reaffirm his gratitude to those around him. “He has an amazing family. I will never forget that during our first six meetings with his parents and him, he was in Monaco at the time, they NEVER talked to me about money. Never ! That’s why I love them so much, I admire the education he received“, he continued, revealing in passing that Real Madrid was ready to put”Much more” of money than Paris SG to recruit him: “They were ready to put in 170 million euros last summer. This money, they were ready to reinvest it this year when it was free!»

Finally, on the concessions granted to the attacker so that he extends three without additional, Al-Khelaïfi was very firm in delimiting the territories of each: “You have to stop saying nonsense. I’m going to be very clear: the president is me and I’m the one who decides. And above all Kylian never asked anything about a player, or a coach.»

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