Blanc extends PSG stay

Laurent Blanc (File)
Laurent Blanc (File)

Paris - Paris St-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has extended his contract with the French champions until 2018, the club said in a statement on Thursday.

"Laurent Blanc is now tied to the capital's club until 30 June, 2018," PSG said on its official Twitter feed.

Former France international Blanc arrived at PSG in 2013 after Italian Carlo Ancelotti left for Real Madrid, despite the initial reservations of the club's Qatari owners who wanted a bigger-name manager.

But the 50-year-old had his contract extended in 2014, and has so far won eight trophies with the Parisians, last year achieving an unprecedented domestic quadruple.

And PSG are riding high in the French top-flight this season, with a lead of 24 points over nearest rivals Monaco with only 13 more matches to play.

PSG are also still in contention for the French Cup and League Cup.

But the real aim for the French giants is a first-ever Champions League crown after bowing out at the quarter-final stage for the past three seasons.

PSG take on struggling Premier League Champions Chelsea at home on Tuesday in the first-leg of their round of 16 clash.

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