REVEALED: PSG chiefs 'are worried about the lack of French being spoken in the dressing room', with boss Mauricio Pochettino and star men Lionel Messi and Neymar using Spanish or English

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REVEALED: PSG chiefs 'are worried about the lack of French being spoken in the dressing room', with boss Mauricio Pochettino and star men Lionel Messi and Neymar using Spanish or English

  • Reports claim that concern is breaking out in the PSG ranks over a lack of French 
  • The first team squad remains one of the most diverse in all of European football 
  • An old rule at the club that all players must learn French has ceased to exist 
  • Manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to mainly converse in Spanish or English 
  • Before taking over Tottenham, Spurs told Pochettino to speak English in public 

There is reported to be a growing concern in the Paris Saint-Germain squad regarding the lack of French used across the first team squad and club in general.

The super rich Ligue 1 giants boast one of the most diverse squads in all of European football, but this is now said to be having a knock-on affect with some of the cultural aspects of the team.

PSG, who currently top Ligue 1 with an eight point margin and sit a point clear in Group A of the Champions League, now find themselves in a position whereby the majority language within the club is not French and the language is fading out in the dressing room as a result, according to a report in Marca.

It claims that manager Mauricio Pochettino barely uses the French language at all, instead addressing his players instead primarily in his native Spanish or English. 

While in England, Pochettino spoke with a translator throughout his time at Southampton and when he was approached by Tottenham, they told him he must speak English in public. 

PSG have an issue on their hands with the fading use of the French language, says a report

PSG have an issue on their hands with the fading use of the French language, says a report

PSG have an issue on their hands with the fading use of the French language, says a report

Now, some of his South American coaching staff are reported to have a good command of French, but it is not the go-to language of the squad as a whole and the players now realise this.

A long-standing tradition of the PSG hierarchy was to ensure new signings took up the learning of the language so as to converse with team-mates both socially and in a professional capacity, though this is said to have stopped.

Star man Kylian Mbappe, playing in the capital of his home country, reportedly makes an effort to speak Spanish or English. 

Fellow English speakers such as Idrissa Gueye and Abdou Diallo do likewise, switching from their preferred tongue.

South American stars Angel Di Maria (left) and Neymar are said to understand French but do not use it around the training ground

South American stars Angel Di Maria (left) and Neymar are said to understand French but do not use it around the training ground

It is claimed that French speakers like Abdou Diallo simply switch from their native tongue

It is claimed that French speakers like Abdou Diallo simply switch from their native tongue

Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Keylor Navas are said to never use French, but they do understand it. 

New arrivals, such as Lionel Messi and Nuno Mendes, however, have no knowledge of French and still to more familiar languages to converse.

Sportsmail reported back in 2014 that when Pochettino was approached by Tottenham while Southampton manager, they underlined the importance of him speaking English.

Pochettino was known to speak English in private with his Saints squad but used an interpreter for his media commitments to articulate himself more precisely. 

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