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ESPN FC’s PSG correspondent Jonathan Johnson explains why PSG would prefer Andre Villas-Boas to Jose Mourinho if they part ways with manager Unai Emery.
ESPN FC PSG correspondent Jonathan Johnson examines the club’s needs in January and how Financial Fair Play could play a factor.

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has told Agence France Presse that it is “not the moment” to talk about a possible new deal.

Emery has entered into the final six months of his contract at Parc des Princes and knows that he must take the club to at least the Champions League semifinals or better this season if he is to keep his job. But, in order to do that, he and his players will at least have to overcome defending champions Real Madrid in the round of 16.

A source close to PSG has told ESPN FC that Antonio Conte and Andre Villas-Boas are two possible replacements being looked at in the event that Emery fails in Europe, but that a contract extension is not out of the question if he succeeds either.

“It is not the moment for the club or for me [to talk about a possible new contract],” Emery told AFP. “This is the time to work, with matches in Ligue 1 and both domestic cups, as well as Real Madrid, to prepare for.

“This is the moment to think about now. The future has to be built by the present.”

PSG are unlikely to do much January transfer business, but sources said that Lassana Diarra is one player the Ligue 1 leaders are hoping to sign on a free transfer to provide depth at defensive midfield.

Emery told AFP that Diarra us “a good player,” said that he knows him well and added: “When he was with Real Madrid, he put in some great displays. He also performed well when he played for Marseille.”

PSG will also be looking to transfer some players out this month, with Lucas Moura and Hatem Ben Arfa heavily linked with moves away. And Emery admitted that the pair could be moved on, despite the fact that they remain talented players.

“Some players who are playing less can perhaps be more important figures with another team,” said the Spaniard. “They are still good players, they just have fewer chances to play here — like Lucas and Hatem.”

PSG are back in action away at Rennes in the Coupe de France on Sunday, then face Amiens in the Coupe de la Ligue next Wednesday, before finally returning to action in Ligue 1 after the winter break a week on Sunday away in Nantes.

Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.

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