Alex McLeish has insisted losing Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham would be a “big blow” for PSG this summer. 

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he could not see the Argentine returning to Spurs despite talks over the past week.

As revealed by Football Insider, Tottenham’s efforts to bring Pochettino back to north London are alive but likely to end in disappointment.

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It is understood while Tottenham have made contact with the PSG boss and there have been talks, neither he nor his current club expect a move to happen.

McLeish admitted he could only see Pochettino staying in the French capital for next season.

McLeish, who is based in London and very well connected in the game, told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It looks like it could be one of those stories that doesn’t turn out. He knows the good times they had.

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“But from what I hear PSG are still very admiring of Pochettino, even though they didn’t win the league this season. That would be a big blow to a club like that.

“You could understand the normal circumstances of them making a change again. They expect to win the league and comfortably. Pochettino’s got a challenge next year. I’m sure he’ll still be at PSG.” 

Pochettino joined PSG back in January following Thomas Tuchel’s departure.

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The Argentine boss has already won the French Super Cup and Coupe de France and took the club to the semi-finals of the Champions League.

However, PSG were beaten by Lille to the Ligue 1 title for only the second time in nine seasons.

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