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PSG deny interest in Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger

Al Khelaifi (centre) praises Carlo Ancelotti. (©GettyImages)
Al Khelaifi (centre) praises Carlo Ancelotti. (©GettyImages).

Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al Khelaifi has played down speculation linking the French club with an approach for Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, or Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger at the end of the season, reports the Daily Express.

The Qatari president had been credited with an interest in replacing current Parc des Princes coach Carlo Ancelotti in the summer. However, he insists that the former Chelsea boss is doing a fine job in the French capital.

Al Khelaifi was also believed to be considering dispensing of the services of director of football Leonardo, but the PSG chief insists that their respective futures are safe with the Ligue 1 leaders.

"He [Leonardo] is staying," Al Khelaifi told French newspaper Le Parisien. "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."

When questioned about the links with Mourinho, he added: "I don't know what the situation is in relation to his contract, but anyway that is no concern of mine. I respect him [Mourinho] as a person and as a manager, as I do Arsene Wenger."

It's widely expected that Mourinho will leave Real Madrid at the end of 2012/13, and there has also been some rumours that Wenger could end his stay at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners approach an eighth consecutive year without a trophy.

Mourinho's availability will encourage Chelsea in their pursuit for a long-term replacement for interim Stamford Bridge manager Rafa Benitez. 

But, any hopes Roman Abramovich might have had of negotiating a deal for the return of another former Blues coach, Ancelotti, have been dealt a blow after the PSG owner praised the Italian's contribution in France.

"At times, it has been difficult, as he is under a lot of pressure, as in any job," added Al Khelaifi. "But he copes very well. 

"Carlo [Ancelotti] is one of the best managers in the world, if not the best."

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