Anybody else struggling to see Jose Mourinho having a coffee on the banks of the River Seine as he tucks into a plate of escargot?
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Sky Sports in the UK are reporting that Paris Saint-Germain have approached Mourinho about becoming their new manager this summer.
Mourinho, 53, has been out of work since December when he was fired by Chelsea after a dismal run of results arrived just seven months after leading them to the Premier League title.
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The problem with this report is that the Portuguese coach, who formerly coached FC Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid as well as a hugely successful first spell at Chelsea from 2004-07, has insisted he wants to remain in England.
Recently he said he had no deals in place with any club but he wants to start a new project this July.
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Mourinho has been heavily linked — like, every day — with the Manchester United job but with conflicting reports out of Holland saying that current United boss Louis Van Gaal will remain in charge at Old Trafford through the end of his contract and until the summer of 2017, Mourinho is in a holding pattern.
Paris Saint-Germain have won four-straight Ligue 1 titles and three under current boss Laurent Blanc but after crashing out of the UEFA Champions League to Manchester City last week following a bizarre tactical switch to three at the back in the second leg, the pressure is on Blanc.
The Frenchman only recently signed a new contract extension until 2018 with Les Parisiens but with PSG’s Qatari ownership group insisting on success in the UCL, they’ll want someone who can deliver that.
Mourinho fits the bill on that front as he’s won the UCL with Porto and Inter Milan, plus taken both Chelsea and Real Madrid to multiple semifinals. PSG have never made it past the last eight of the UCL and have approached Mourinho twice in the past about taking over.
The report claims PSG’s owners reached out to Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, directly after their defeat to Man City.
This news will ramp up the pressure on United, the job Mourinho really wants, and even though everybody knows he wants to stay in England, maybe his only option will be to head to PSG. It isn’t a bad option, but they will win Ligue 1 at a canter each year.
Mourinho wants to stay relevant and moving to PSG doesn’t allow him to do that. However, unless he wants an extended period out of the game, it seems like the only option he has right now with United continuing to drag their feet and question marks remaining over whether or not the hierarchy at Old Trafford want him to replace Van Gaal this summer.