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PSG: Nasser Al-Khelaifi offers update on Zinedine Zidane links

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The French manager was on PSG’s list of managers to replace Mauricio Pochettino.

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has confirmed the French giants won’t hire Zinedine Zidane as their next manager.

The Ligue 1 champions have ramped up their efforts to replace Mauricio Pochettino in recent weeks. Reports around the club’s interest in hiring Zidane emerged as early as the last season.

However, Al-Khelaifi has now denied any links between the Parisians and the former Real Madrid manager.

“Zinedine Zidane? I’ll tell you one thing: we never spoke with him, neither directly nor indirectly,” the PSG president told Le Parisian.

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“Many clubs are interested in him, national teams too, but we have never discussed with him.

“We have chosen another option than Zidane. We’ve chosen a coach who will be the best for what we want to put in place.

“The fans disappointed to have Galtier and not Zidane? The dream is one thing, the reality another. Dreaming big is good but today, we must above all be realistic, we no longer want flashy, bling-bling, it’s the end of glitter. We want reality.”

As reported last week, PSG’s newly hired sporting director Luis Campos is close to reaching an agreement with Christophe Galtier.

Asked about the club’s efforts to sign the Nice manager, Al-Khelaifi added: “We are having discussions with Nice.

“It’s no secret. I hope we will find an agreement quickly.”