Mauricio Pochenttino has been announced as the new Paris Saint -Germain coach .

The club made this known on its website on Saturday .

PSG said the former Tottenham manager Pochettino signed a contract until June 30 , 2022 with an option for an additional year .

Pochettino replaced Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by the French club on Christmas Eve , four months after steering them to their first Champions League final where they lost to Bayern Munich in Lisbon .

“ Paris Saint -Germain is pleased to announce the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as its new head coach . The Argentine has signed a contract with the club from the French capital until 30 June 2022 , with an option for an extra year ,” a statement on the club ’s website read.

The 48 – year -old Mauricio Pochettino has a history at Paris Saint -Germain where, as a centre- back and club captain , he made 95 appearances for the Rouge & Bleu between 2001 and 2003 , scoring 6 goals .

Mauricio came through the ranks at Newell ’s Old Boys in his native Argentina , before moving to Europe to play for Espanyol FC and then Paris Saint -Germain . Born in Murphy , Argentina , he won 20 caps and scored 2 goals for his country , and his fighting spirit made him a favorite of the Parc des Princes crowd during his 30 months in Paris .

After retiring from playing , Mauricio began his coaching career at Espanyol FC between 2009 and 2012 , before developing his experience in England with a spell from 2013 to 2014 at Southampton and then at Tottenham Hotspur from 2014 until 2019 .

“ As Spurs manager Pochettino showed a real talent for managing top-level players with his passion and his ambitious vision of football , taking the Lilywhites to their first -ever Champions League final in the 2018 / 19 season, ” the statement added.

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