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PSG hire Campos as advisor; Zidane touted to replace Poch

PARIS (AP) – French champion Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) continued their restructuring by hiring renowned talent scout Luis Campos as its football advisor yesterday.

The 57-year-old Campos was a former tactical advisor at Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho, but really made his name as Monaco’s sporting director from 2013-16. The club took on a new dimension with major signings like Colombian striker Radamel Falcao and 2014 World Cup star James Rodriguez.

Other recruits like Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Thomas Lemar were sold on to Manchester City, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, respectively, as Monaco made huge profits.

A year after Campos left, the club he helped build beat PSG to win the league title in 2017 and reached the Champions League semifinals that year.

He then became Lille’s sporting director from 2017-2020. He helped bring Portugal winger Renato Sanches to the club and nurtured the talent of Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen – who was sold to Napoli for EUR70 million.

Then Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane looks on prior to the start of the UEFA Champions league football match against Paris Saint-Germain. FILE PHOTO: AFP

A year after Campos left, Lille beat PSG to win the 2021 title.

“I am delighted to be joining Paris Saint-Germain, which I consider is the most ambitious and exciting club in world football,” Campos said. “I believe strongly in and share the vision of the club and I cannot wait to get started to further unleash the great potential of this exceptional club.”

PSG said Campos will focus on the performance, recruitment, and organisational side of the team, taking over that role from sporting director Leonardo.

““Campos has overseen the progression of many renowned names in football, while also mentoring and nurturing next generation talent that have since become superstars,” PSG said in a statement.

PSG recently persuaded star striker Kylian Mbappe to sign a three-year extension despite interest from Real Madrid.

Mbappe reportedly agreed to stay as long as he had a say in the future of the club, amid reports former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane could replace Mauricio Pochettino after PSG’s failure in the Champions League this season and loss of the league title last season.


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