The writing has been on the wall for almost two weeks ago, but the latest development out of PSG officially ends hopes of Mauricio Pochettino returning to Tottenham.
In an incredibly astute bit of business, PSG have confirmed the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool on a free transfer. It would be nice sometimes to hear headlines of this nature directly involving Tottenham, but that’s a discussion for another day.
Pochettino, amidst much speculation about his future in the French capital, was influential in convincing Wijnaldum to join the French side. He has been speaking to the former Liverpool midfielder intermittently for the past couple of weeks, discussing the pros of a PSG move.
Pochettino has always been a massive proponent of Wijnaldum’s, even approaching the midfielder during is time managing Tottenham.
While dreamers will continue to think outside of the box, in a state of fanciful reverie, this news out of Paris officially puts to an end any realistic hope of Pochettino coming back to London this summer.
He will now focus his attention on propelling PSG to eminent heights, something he’ll invariably achieve with the exorbitant amount of cash at his disposal, which he’ll use to strengthen an already fortified and formidable unit. The French side could also be close to signing Moise Kean from Everton.
Only Pochettino knows whether he was put off or deterred by Tottenham’s pursuit of Antonio Conte. Regardless, PSG never wavered and were steadfast in keeping Pochettino in Paris. What PSG wants, PSG usually gets. Wish the same could be said for the Lilywhites.
As if Tottenham supporters didn’t already know Pochettino wasn’t coming back to Spurs, this news emphasizes a sense of finality to the saga.
Though most of us wanted it to end differently, Spurs supporters knew not to put all their belief and faith in an unlikely and improbable scenario from conception.
Tottenham must now forge ahead and turn their attention to other candidates. Some believe Conte can still be swayed to join Spurs, but that is entirely dependent on Levy loosening his stance on the Italian’s demands. So we won’t hold our breath.