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PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi confirms they ARE in talks to hire Nice boss Christophe Galtier

‘We are in talks – this is no secret’: PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi confirms they are looking for Nice coach Christophe Galtier to replace Mauricio Pochettino… and says they are ‘never in talks’ with Zinedine Zidane on the role

  • PSG chairman confirms that the club is in talks with Nice boss Christophe Galtier
  • Nasser al-Khelaifi says it’s ‘no secret’ that Galtier is on their shortlist of coaches
  • Nice and PSG are reportedly close to a €10m (£8.6m) deal for Galtier
  • But PSG can’t announce the appointment until they officially fire Pochettino
  • Al-Khelaifi also confirmed Zinedine Zidane was never in the running to take over

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi said on Tuesday he was in talks with Nice to hire coach Christophe Galtier to replace Mauricio Pochettino with the French champions.

French news channel L’Equipe On Monday, Galtier reported that he would be lining up to take over PSG, but that the announcement of his appointment would have to wait until Argentine Pochettino’s departure was finalized.

“We have a shortlist of coaches, we are in talks with Nice, this is no secret,” Qatari Al-Khelaifi told Le Parisien in a detailed interview published on Tuesday.

PSG confirm the club is in talks to hire Christophe Galtier as their new manager

PSG can only announce the appointment if they officially fire Mauricio Pochettino

PSG confirm club is in talks with Nice for Christophe Galtier (left) to replace Mauricio Pochettino (right) as manager

PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi says it's 'no secret' Galtier is lining up to take over boss

PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi says it’s ‘no secret’ Galtier is lining up to take over boss

The club’s current manager, Pochettino, who was appointed a year and a half ago, came under pressure for failing to help PSG break new ground in the Champions League last season, having been knocked out in the last-16 .

Galtier came to Nice last season and guided former club Lille to their first Ligue 1 title since 2011 in the previous campaign.

The two French sides are said to have been negotiating in recent days and hope the process will speed up in the coming days.

The Frenchman led Lille to the Ligue 1 title in 2020-21, surpassing his potential employers

The Frenchman led Lille to the Ligue 1 title in 2020-21, surpassing his potential employers

PSG hope to announce Galtier’s appointment on Thursday with the two clubs close to an agreement under which the Paris side will pay £8.6m to buy the manager of his contract in the south of France, according to L’ team.

Negotiations between the Paris side and the Argentine manager’s agents are underway, with the former Tottenham boss reportedly set to receive €15 million (£12.8 million) in compensation.

The amount is owed to Pochettino and four members of his backroom staff – Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino, Toni Jimenez and Sebastiano Pochettino.

Until the two sides agree on the terms of their split, PSG cannot announce Pochettino’s successor.

The Ligue 1 champions cannot announce Galtier until they meet Pochettino.  officially fired

The Ligue 1 champions cannot announce Galtier until they meet Pochettino. officially fired

Al-Khelaifi also confirmed Zinedine Zidane (pictured) was never in the running to take over

Al-Khelaifi also confirmed Zinedine Zidane (pictured) was never in the running to take over

Even if the terms of his contract are still not final, Galtier is expected to take charge at the Camp des Loges on July 4, when PSG return to training in preparation to defend their league title.

Al-Khelaifi also appeared to end the constant speculation surrounding French great Zinedine Zidane, dismissing reports that the club was in talks with the 1998 World Cup winner to become their new head coach.

“A lot of clubs are interested in hiring him, including national teams, but no, we never spoke to him,” he said.

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