Advanced negotiations over Luis Enrique being Paris Saint-Germain’s new manager are now underway.
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Luis Enrique est le grand favori pour succéder à Christophe Galtier comme entraîneur du PSG. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/R603axRPS4
— Téléfoot (@telefoot_TF1) June 18, 2023
following the failure of PSG’s negotiations with Julian Nagelsmann, Luis Enrique, who resigned his position as Spain’s coach following the World Cup in December, has emerged as the favorite to succeed Christophe Galtier. As he nears a return to club administration for the first time since leaving Barcelona in 2017, it is thought that the 53 years old is anticipating reaching an agreement on the terms in the upcoming days.
Although the terms of the negotiations have not yet been settled, Luis Enrique is reportedly now talking about the makeup of his backroom team and may be introduced as PSG’s next manager this week. This week, they were also said to be considering an approach for Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, but they seem to have decided on Luis Enrique instead, who was also a candidate to replace Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea.
Enrique led Spain in 44 games over two consecutive tenures, winning 24, drawing 11, and losing 9. He led La Roja to the 2020 and 2020/21 UEFA Nations League finals, where they lost against France.
The Spaniard is best remembered, though, for his illustrious three years run at Barcelona, where he won nine awards, including a treble of the Champions League, La Liga, and Copa del Rey in the 2014/15 season.
Since his retirement as a player in 2004, Enrique has served as the head coach of Celta Vigo and Roma in addition to receiving the World’s Best Club Coach award in that same year.
Although Zinedine Zidane, 50, is thought to have been waiting for the France position to open up, the powers that be have long had an interest in the former Real Madrid head coach.
When Didier Deschamps extended his contract with France until 2026, PSG’s prospects of signing Zidane appeared to increase, but he is believed to have rejected a new offer from Les Parisiens.
Thiago Motta, an ex-PSG midfielder who is presently in charge of Bologna, was also mentioned in connection with the position, but PSG decided to go with Enrique because to his expertise.
Sérgio Conceiço, the manager of Porto, and Marcelo Gallardo, the preferred candidate to take over at Marseille and a former manager of River Plate, were also mentioned in connection with the open position at PSG.
In the meantime, following last week’s declaration that he will not sign a contract extension, Kylian Mbappé has confirmed his resolve to see out his deal with PSG. Prior to Monday’s match between France and Greece, Mbappé told Téléfoot, “I have already said that I’d stay at PSG. I just made the decision to play for PSG next year. At a team like PSG, especially, a lot can change in a year.
Quand Mbappé répond au président 👀
— Téléfoot (@telefoot_TF1) June 16, 2023
Mbappe declined to give an explanation for why he decided not to extend his contract with PSG but maintained once more that he intends to stay with the capital club for the upcoming season while speaking to reporters alongside Didier Deschamps, the head coach of the Bleus.
“Am I quitting PSG? I already responded, stating that my goal was to remain at PSG, that it was my only choice at the time, and that I was prepared to return when play resumed, according to Mbappe, who was quoted by RMC Sport.
“The letter was sent ahead of the demonstration, not during it. Nothing really shocks me anymore. I didn’t believe that somebody could be killed or insulted by a letter, but you can’t control people’s reactions, therefore I don’t care.
Why extend my contract further? There is nothing to explain; people can talk, but they don’t fully understand everything. That’s too bad for them; I understand why I’m acting the way I am, so there is no issue.
Last year, Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, personally intervened to persuade Mbappe to stay at the Parc des Princes despite interest from Real Madrid. The 45-year-old recently stated to RMC Sport that he will again “push” to retain the striker in his hometown this time.
Mbappe said that he and Macron have the same “wavelength” regarding their wish for him to stay at PSG, but he denied that Macron will have any impact on his future.
How much sway does the president wield? On my professional future in 2023, none. We share the same goals; he wants me to stay in Paris, and I want to stay, Mbappe continued.
If Mbappe leaves PSG this summer, the only likely destinations are Real Madrid and Manchester United. However, the Red Devils are only anticipated to make a move if Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani is successful in acquiring the club from the Glazers.
As Real look to replace Karim Benzema before the start of the new season, Blancos president Florentino Perez has revealed that his team still has interest in signing Mbappe despite the Frenchman turning them down last year.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) June 3, 2023
Mbappe finished the 2022/23 season with an astounding 41 goals from 43 games across all competitions, winning the Ligue 1 Golden Boot and passing Edinson Cavani to become PSG’s all time leading scorer.