Former Paris St Germain player and coach Luis Fernandez has sounded a note of caution amid the euphoria around the big-spending club.
PSG lead Ligue 1 by three points after 12 games of this season following a summer spending spree under new owners Qatar Sports Investments. Midfield stars Javier Pastore and Jeremy Menez and Uruguay captain Diego Lugano arrived at the Parc des Princes, along with former AC Milan and Inter Milan coach Leonardo as sporting director, while the prolific Kevin Gameiro was signed from Lorient shortly before the takeover.
Fernandez, who played for the capital club from 1978 to 1986 and won three trophies in two spells as their manager, admits he no longer recognises the club and claims they have become like basketball's all-star exhibition team, the Harlem Globetrotters.
"The Qataris bought the name of PSG, '' Fernandez, who most recently managed Israel, said. "But a club, especially this one, is also a soul, an identity. I wore their jersey for eight years, I won trophies there so I think I can speak freely on PSG. And I hope I am wrong but I am a bit worried.
"I now call them the Harlem Globetrotters - but gathering individuals together like that is fragile. At any moment, it could blow up. I could no longer manage PSG. It's out of the question.''