Angel Di Maria sent Mauricio Pochettino tumbling to the ground with a hilarious nutmeg on the new Paris Saint-Germain boss during a training session.
The Argentine has started all five of Pochettino’s games in charge until now, and insists he is happy at PSG, despite links to Tottenham and a reunion with former Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.
But the club are hopeful of an extension with Di Maria, who is still clearly impressing Pochettino in training and on the field. During a rondo drill, Pochettino was seen trying to steal the ball from the players, before being nutmegged by Di Maria.
The ex-Spurs boss then fell to the ground as a result of the 32-year-old’s cheeky skill, who then wheeled away in delight amid raucous laughter from his PSG team-mates.
The former Real Madrid man also revealed in an interview that he almost joined Barcelona, and admitted it is his desire to play alongside Lionel Messi some day.
He told TyC Sports: “I always had the dream of playing with Messi in a club team. Every time we go to the Argentine national team, it seems very short. I always had the dream of playing with him, having him by my side every day.”
Di Maria concluded, “I had, at one time, chances to go to FC Barcelona, but it was not possible. It seems that there is another chance, but my contract is ending here. I don’t know what could happen, but I would love it, and I would be very happy. I had the chance to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Kylian Mbappé. Playing with Leo … I could retire happily. My wife told me ‘if Leo comes, we stay and at the very least you can stay on as a cook.’ That tells you everything. […] It would be the best. I couldn’t ask for anything more in football.”