Paris Saint-Germain is close to concluding a deal for Nice boss Christophe Galtier to become their new manager, with President Nasser Al-Helaifi’s future goal being an all-Parisian team at the Parc des Princes.
The Ligue 1 champions, who are close to finalizing the departure of head coach Mauricio Pochettino, want to treat Nice with as much respect as possible.
However, al-Khalaifi revealed that he had not spoken to Zinedine Zidane, either directly or indirectly, about his role in the French capital.
“We chose another option,” he said The Parisian. “We have chosen a coach who will be the best for what we want to put in place.”
The 55-year-old Galtier led Lille to the Ligue 1 title in 2020-21 before joining Nice, which continued to finish fifth below him in the French champions last season.
Meanwhile, according to Al-Helaifi, the goal of PSG in the next few years is to have only Parisian players in its composition.
“We want players who love the club, who love to fight, who love to win,” he added. “And we want this mentality to spread throughout the club.
“You tell us this is the end of bling-bling in Paris, but Neymar is the prototype of the bling-bling player. Does he still have a future at PSG? What I can tell you is that we expect all players to do much more than I did last season, much more!
“They all have to be 100 percent. Obviously we weren’t good enough to go far. For the next season, the goal is clear: to work 200% every day. We give everything we have for this shirt, we give the maximum we have for this shirt. and we will see the result. We need to be humble again. We need to change to avoid injuries, penalties and fouls that turn the game upside down.
“We have to stop saying, ‘We want to win this, this and this.’ We build. You need to be disciplined on and off the field. Anyone who wants to stay in their comfort zone, who does not want to fight, will stay away.
“And we have to create a real team, to find a real collective spirit. This will be the mission of the new coach. We want players who are proud to represent PSG and ready to fight every day.
Now PSG’s position is clear: players who are not part of the project will have to leave. Some took advantage of the situation, now it’s over.
“Many players are being sold, but none of them want to leave. Are they being paid too much in Paris? No, just compare it to the salaries of clubs abroad. Maybe they just don’t have offers …
“The Covid period significantly reduced the market and the funds of the clubs. This is also a reality. Now PSG’s position is clear: players who are not part of the project will have to leave. Some took advantage of the situation, now it’s over!
“To change this mentality, will you attract more French players?” We have been here for a long time. We will have the best training center in the world. My goal for the next few years is to have only Parisian players on our team. There are so many talents in our region. The best players from our region deserve to play for PSG. It will take time, but it is a goal. “
Former Monaco and Lille sporting director Luis Campos also recently joined PSG as a football adviser following the dismissal of sporting director Leonardo, and Al-Helaifi believes Campos will help the club find the next Mbape.
“Eleven years ago I said I wanted to train the future Messi, today I say we want to train the future Mbape, who will also come from Paris! It’s not easy, but we have everything we need to succeed,” he said.
“Luis Campos will focus on the first team. But we want to discover new talents, new markets. We need to explore new directions. We need to find players who will be proud to be in Paris, for the club, for football and for football alone. “
How did the previous managers after PSG cope?
Carlo Ancelotti – 1x King’s Cup (2014), 2x Champions League (2014, 2022), 1x Super Cup (2014), FIFA Club World Cup (2014), 1x Bundesliga (2017), 1x La Liga (2022).
Unai Emery – 1x Europa League finalist (2019), 1x Europa League (2021), 1x Champions League semi-final (2022).
Thomas Tuchel – 1x Champions League (2021), 1x Super Cup (2021), 1x UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year (2021), 1x FIFA’s Best Football Coach (2021), 1x FIFA Club World Cup (2021).