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PSG chief responds to Pochettino exit reports

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PSG chief Leonardo has responded to reports that Mauricio Pochettino seeks an exit amid Real Madrid and Tottenham interest.

Leonardo has suggested Mauricio Pochettino will not leave Paris Saint-Germain as his contract still binds him to the French club.

Reports emerged on Sunday claiming that Pochettino has informed PSG of his desire to leave the club amid interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid and former club Tottenham.

The 49-year-old replaced Thomas Tuchel as PSG manager in January on a one-and-a-half-year deal, with the option to extend it by another 12 months included.

Therefore, Leonardo has suggested Pochettino won’t be packing his bags anytime soon.

“Mauricio Pochettino has two years on his contract with PSG, and we are very happy,” the club’s sporting director told Europe 1 on the coach’s future.

Pochettino has won 24 of his 34 games (D3 L7) in charge of the Parisians. The Argentine ended the season with French Cup and French Super Cup glory, but failed to prevent PSG surrendering their Ligue 1 title to Lille.

Despite the speculation, he still retains ‘special affection’ for the club and will respect whatever decision the board makes – even if that involves him continuing as manager.