French champions Paris Saint-Germain has appointed Christophe Galtier as its new coach on a two-year deal, club sources confirmed Monday.
Galtier, who spent last season in charge of Ligue 1 rivals Nice, takes over from Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.
The 55-year-old Galtier was pictured arriving at the Parisians' offices just outside the French capital Monday with a press conference scheduled at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday at 2 p.m. (12 p.m. GMT).
PSG has been working to secure the appointment of a new coach for several weeks, but no move has been finalized while Pochettino and his backroom staff remain under contract.
PSG's squad, minus those who were on international duty in June, reported for preseason training Monday.
Galtier, who left Nice last month, has developed a reputation as the leading coach in the French club game over the last decade.
He enjoyed eight successful years at Saint-Etienne, where he won the League Cup in 2013, before a four-year stint at Lille was crowned with the Ligue 1 title in 2021, when it pipped PSG.
Pochettino is set to leave Paris after 18 months in charge during which time he won the Ligue 1 title last season but also oversaw a disappointing exit from the Champions League in the last 16 at the hands of Real Madrid.
Having at one point been linked with a move for Zinedine Zidane, PSG's swoop for Galtier may come as a surprise to some who expected the Qatar-owned club to opt for a more glamorous name on the bench.
However, the former Portsmouth assistant manager previously worked with Luis Campos, the Portuguese super scout, who was recently named as PSG's football advisor and who built the Lille team that won the league under Galtier.
PSG's hopes of Champions League success in the short term were boosted by Kylian Mbappe's decision at the end of last season to turn down Real Madrid and sign a new three-year deal at the Parc des Princes.
The club has already made one signing ahead of the new campaign with the arrival of 22-year-old Portuguese midfielder Vitinha from Porto for a reported fee of 40 million euros ($42 million).
Mbappe, Lionel Messi and PSG's other international stars will begin preseason training next week.
PSG will depart for a short preseason tour of Japan to play three games between July 20 and 25, before its first competitive match of the campaign on July 31 against Nantes in the French season-opening Champions Trophy in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The Ligue 1 season will begin on the weekend of Aug. 6 and 7.