Mauricio Pochettino dreams of managing PSG, according to reports in France

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With Tottenham's title hopes all but over, the one consolation has been that the club are building for the future and will return next season challenging for honours.

Those hopes are heavily reliant on keeping boss Mauricio Pochettino in north London, and they have now taken a dent, with the Argentine revealing he dreams of managing Paris Saint-Germain.

Tottenham have their own dreams of building a dynasty under Pochettino. It has often been thought that he would not want to leave his young group of players who can go on to great things with a little more guidance, but of course, that may just be wishful thinking on Spurs' part.


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Dreaming of Paris

The Independent reports that Pochettino told French radio station RMC: "Come to Paris? I hope so. It is true that it would please me. It's part of my dreams."

However, in the same interview, he expressed doubts about managing Ligue 1 because of its dubious quality.

"The (French) championship is not very attractive because PSG is far from the other teams", he said.

It is that gulf between the Parisians and the rest of the French league that has arguably prevented them from making real progress, and that has been particularly evident in the Champions League, where they failed to make waves again this season.

PSG favourite

Those shortcomings have led to speculation that current manager Laurent Blanc will be relieved of his duties at the end of the season, though according to some sources, Jose Mourinho was being lined up as his replacement.

Pochettino is perhaps a better fit than the self-proclaimed 'Special One', as he can make the most of PSG's flare players, while also building up a strong defence. Crucially, he has been credited with transforming Tottenham's mental strength, so it is no wonder PSG could choose him as the man to rid them of their inferiority complex.

The 44-year-old played for PSG for two years, prior to their big-money takeover. He was a hugely popular figure in Paris, with former team-mate Mikel Arteta recently describing him as a father-figure.

He has proven himself to be ambitious, and he is not afraid to put himself out there to get the right job, speaking to Southampton before they had sacked Nigel Adkins and then quickly moving onto Spurs.

Accident waiting to happen

Yet, PSG could be a step too early in his managerial career. As Blanc has found, the pressure at the club is huge because of their thriving purse. Pochettino has worked hard to earn the trust of the board and fans at Spurs, but he would be walking into a new job without yet winning a trophy.

Real Madrid and Manchester United have also been suggested as his next destination, but again, if he were not an immediate success, a move could set him back. 

It may be best for Pochettino to spurn the advances of Europe's top clubs for at least another season. If he does that, he may well leave north London with a Premier League medal.

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