Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he wasn’t surprised by Mbappe’s decision

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he wasn’t surprised by Mbappe’s decision

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27 May 2022
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The Argentine coach also claimed that no PSG player was informed by Mbappe besides his close friend and former Real Madrid player, Achraf Hakimi.

Only Achraf Hakimi knew about Kylian’s decision beforehand

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he was not aware that Kylian Mbappe was going to turn down Real Madrid and extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain until half an hour before it was made official. The Argentine coach also claimed that no PSG player was informed by Mbappe besides his close friend and former Real Madrid player, Achraf Hakimi. “I was not surprised by Mbappe’s decision,” Pochettino told reporters. “We were confident that he hadn’t made the decision and that it would be at the last moment. The whole PSG dressing room found out about Mbappe’s decision half an hour before. Only Achraf Hakimi knew about it beforehand. Officially I found out about Mbappe’s renewal half an hour before. Even being close to him, we didn’t know his final decision. The president told me.”

Pochettino wants to stay at PSG

“Obviously, it’s a disappointment for Real Madrid not to have signed Mbappe. I’m not going to give my opinion. Decisions are decisions. For the club, the people, the French league, it’s something that will benefit everyone.” Pochettino has reiterated his desire to stay put at the Ligue 1 side despite rumours about his potential departure from the Parc des Princes this summer. “Before I said that, I want to stay 100 per cent here,” added Pochettino. “Today, I say 100 per cent here too. I have one more year left on my contract. The challenges are there, and it motivates any coach. Of course, I want to continue 100 per cent. PSG are a club with ambition. The big disappointment is the Champions League elimination because of the people’s desire.”

 

Pochettino revealed that he maintained a good relationship with Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp and stressed that it hurts that PSG are not in the Champions League final, which is taking place in the French capital. “I have a perfect relationship with the people at Liverpool, with their coach,” noted Pochettino. “But I will not hide the fact that I always had a soft spot for Real Madrid when I was a football player. The important thing would be that we see a good show and that the best team wins. My team being favourites has not been reflected in this Champions League. A lot can happen in a final. It hurts because we imagined being in the final in Paris.”

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