We don’t want Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger, says PSG owner

Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi says neither Jose Mourinho nor Arsene Wenger will be appointed in the summer

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Jose Mourinho led Real Madrid to the La Liga title last term Photo: Steindy, via Wikimedia

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Paris Saint-Germain are not weighing up Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger as possible replacements for Carlo Ancelotti in the summer, according to the Ligue 1 outfit’s owner.

Mourinho has been heavily linked with a switch to Paris at the end of the season, with the Portuguese coach’s Real Madrid future the subject of recent speculation.

Arsenal manager Wenger is another name who has been touted as a potential successor for Ancelotti should the Italian be sacked.

But PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi says his club will not move to appoint Mourinho or Wenger, insisting that Ancelotti and sporting director Leonardo are staying put.

“I don’t know what the situation is in relation to his [Mourinho’s] contract, but anyway that is no concern of mine,” Al-Khelaifi told Le Parisien.

“I respect him as a person and as a manager, as I do Arsene Wenger.

“He [Leonardo] is staying. I have a very good relationship with him. People think we have some kind of problem; I don’t know where that idea came from, but it makes me laugh a lot.”

The PSG owner hailed Ancelotti as one of the best managers in the world after the Italian guided the club into the Champions League quarter-finals last week, courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate win against Valencia.

“At times, it has been difficult, as he is under a lot of pressure, as in any job, but he copes very well. Carlo is one of the best managers in the world, if not the best,” he added.

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