PSG pursue Mourinho

LONDON • French champions Paris Saint-Germain have approached Jose Mourinho in a bid to make him their new manager this summer, reported Sky Sports.

PSG have tried signing the Portuguese twice before and their latest attempt is understood to have stemmed from their Champions League exit last week. The 2-3 aggregate loss to Manchester City marked their fourth consecutive exit at the quarter-final stage.

In February, manager Laurent Blanc inked a two-year extension, tying him to PSG until 2018. But the club now believe Mourinho, who guided Porto and Inter Milan to the Champions League title, is the man to lead them forward in Europe.

According to Sky Sports, Mourinho considers PSG, who have invested heavily since getting Qatari owners in 2012, an option for his return to management. But he still covets the Manchester United job and will monitor developments at Old Trafford before making a decision.

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas claims Mourinho lost his job because he trusted the players too much. He was sacked in December with the Blues struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League less than a year after being crowned English champions.

Fabregas was reported to be one of a group of players who had fallen out with the manager over his strict style, but he insists they remain on good terms with each other. The Spaniard said on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football: "I have huge respect for him, we still keep in touch.

"The biggest problem was he trusted us too much, gave us more holiday because we were champions and we let him down.

"That was the main reason he had to go and, for that, myself and the team feel bad for it."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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