According to French daily newspaper Libération, Mauricio Pochettino has asked Paris Saint-Germain to be released from his contract amid speculation linking the Argentine with a sensational return to Tottenham Hotspur.
The 49-year-old joined PSG just six months ago, taking over from Thomas Tuchel, having spent 14 months out of the game following his exit from north London in November 2019.
Pochettino has led PSG to two trophies since taking over, the French Super Cup and French Cup. But PSG finished second in Ligue 1 and were knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage by eventual runners up Manchester City.
Pochettino’s 18-month contract automatically extended for another 12 months after he guided PSG to second place in Ligue 1. However, there is reportedly a break clause in the contract that would allow him to leave this summer.
According to reports, Pochettino has told sporting director Leonardo and club president Nasser al-Khelaifi that he wishes to leave the French capital this summer.
Poch is the bookies favorite to return to Spurs, a job that no other manager in Europe seemingly wants. Since firing Jose Mourinho in April, Daniel Levy has seen both Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers both turn down the job.
As to who replaces Pochettino in Paris, the earlier favorite in the managerial merry go round is Antonio Conte, but I cannot see him style of management meshing with Neymar and Kylian Mbappé.