- Mauricio Pochettino has come out to defend star forward Kylian Mbappe from having anything to do with his sacking as Paris-Saint Germain's boss
- Pochettino was relieved of his duties after failing yet again to lead the French giants to the Champions League title
- Mbappe is believed to have a lot of sway in the club's decisions, but Pochettino believes that he was not involved in the decision to send him packing
Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Kylian Mbappe did not play any part in his sacking.
Unconfirmed reports had insinuated that Mbappe had pushed for Pochettino's exit by virtue of his increased powers at the club.
Mbappe was given a bumper contract at the start of the summer, the biggest in football's history. Apart from a huge salary, the French star was also given sweeping roles at the club, which means that he could influence the club's transfer policies.
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According to Goal, Pochettino has debunked all the rumours maintaining that the buck stopped with President Nasser Al-Khellaifi.
Mbappe is one of the best players in world football today and I think that PSG, having all the resources to do it, have convinced him to stay. But I don't think he is the one who designed the new project either [that saw me leave].
Those who rule, in this case, the president, are those who would have thought that the most convenient thing was a new project in the club.
The Argentine manager has since been replaced by Christophe Galtier.
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PSG beat Nantes 4-0 to win the Champions Trophy in a game that was staged at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was a game marked by brilliant goals, with Lionel Messi opening the scoring with a trademark goal by rounding off the goalkeeper.
Neymar scored twice, with one coming from the penalty spot, to guarantee Christophe Galtier's first trophy in charge of the French giants.