French champions Paris Saint-Germain are close to appointing former Nice boss Christophe Galtier as their new manager, with Mauricio Pochettino set to be sacked in the coming days.
The Argentine coach helped the Parisians to regain their status as Ligue 1 Champions, but saw his side knocked out of the Champions League, the competition by which every PSG boss is judged, by Real Madrid in the last-16, meaning that his future in Paris was never secure.
Galtier currently manages fellow Ligue 1 side Nice, whom he took over just last summer, and has previously worked with incoming Director of Football Luis Campos during their time together at Lille, where they managed to pip PSG to the title in 2021.
Before that, Galtier spent eight years with Saint-Etienne, building his pedigree as one of the top coaches in France, and will now get his chance to impress on the European stage with a strong squad.
PSG keen to recruit locally
Speaking to Le Parisien, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi discussed the importance of recruiting locally moving forward, as opposed to spending extravagant funds on international stars.
‘My goal for the next few years is to have only Parisian players in our team’, he revealed. ‘There is so much talent in our region. The best players from our region deserve to play for PSG. It will take time, but it is a goal.’
And, in Kylian Mbappe, they have the perfect example.
‘Eleven years ago I said that I wanted to train the future Messi, today I say that we want to train the future Mbappe, who would also come from Paris! It’s not easy, but we have everything we need to succeed’, he added.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.