Leonardo Jardim Dismisses Paris Saint-Germain Links

AS Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has dismissed the prospect of succeeding Unai Emery as the next manager of Paris Saint-Germain. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, and the Portuguese rebuffed suggestions that he is interested in become Les Parisiens’ next head coach, he said: “Perhaps he will be Portuguese. However, his name will not be Leonardo Jardim.”

Meanwhile, Emery had his press conference, shortly after Jardim’s exit, and when asked about his future, he replied: “I have experience in football. I know this. I am making the most of each moment. We have objectives and there is a title at stake here. If there are a lot of journalists, it is an important match. I have a responsibility to prepare the team well.”

Paris Saint-Germain were expecting to make significant strides in Europe after spending record fees to secure the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe over the summer. However, they faced a similar disappointment in the Champions League as they were ousted during the round of 16 of the competition by Real Madrid.

There has been a lot of talk of Emery leaving the club during the summer, but the club’s hierarchy have refused to voice their opinion. Despite this, the Capital outfit are likely to have a decision made during the summer with Emery having failed to live to the club’s expectations of reaching at least the semi-final stage of the Champions League.

Thomas Tuchel has been identified as the common target for many elite European clubs including Paris Saint-Germain for the summer, but they could as well return for one of their former managers in Carlo Ancelotti. Ancelotti is said to have a keen preference to make a Premier League comeback, but he could be lured to Parc des Princes with the prospect of making further signings which may eventually propel the club to greater heights in Europe.