Jose Mourinho mocks PSG when asked about rumors
Reports about PSG's interest in appointing Jose Mourinho ahead of next season have been floating around for a few weeks now, which is reasonable considering the inevitable sacking of current head coach Christophe Galtier by the start of June.
The Portuguese coach was asked about this saga for the first time on Wednesday and denied any contact with the French club with a hint of humor adding some salt to the Parisian wound.
Ahead of the Europa League semi-final between AS Roma and Bayer Leverkusen, Mourinho was asked by Sky Italia about the possibility of him joining PSG next season. Mourinho smiled, then answered that "if PSG are looking for me, they must have not found me because I never spoke to them."
Although he denied having any negotiations with PSG, Mourinho has not completely closed the door to the reigning French champions.
Recent reports from Italian media outlets suggest that the coach, whose contract runs until 2024, may be tempted by a more ambitious project at PSG than at AS Roma, where he has criticized the club's lack of resources to compete at the highest level. That, of course, would not be a problem in Paris considering the deep pockets of the owners of PSG in the Qatar-based QSI.
PSG are said to be in advanced talks with Mourinho to replace Galtier, mostly thanks and by way of sporting director Luis Campos and his relationship with the manager. However, the current AS Roma coach is focused on the upcoming Europa League clash against Bayer Leverkusen.
Galtier will be coaching PSG next Saturday (hosting Ajaccio) in what most probably will be one of his final three games at the helm of the Parisian club before the club decides to move on from him in order to land a better, higher-profile type of manager that can give the team a chance at winning the long-desired Champions League.