For the British media, the future of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi has been cause for a lot of speculation recently. Linked with moves to Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal during the January transfer window, now any questions over his future look to be put to bed as he finally signs a new contract with the French side.
His new deal would keep him at the club until 2018, and he looks set to put pen to paper once PSG have completed the second-leg of their Champions League tie against Bayer Leverkusen. It was Matuidi that got the ball rolling in PSG’s 4-0 win last night, scoring just after three minutes as the French side steam-rolled over their German opponents.
All of the rumours linking Matuidi with a move to England had purely come about because of his bizarre contract situation. He was close to signing a new deal with PSG in the summer, but decided to change agents from celebrated French agent, Jean Pierre Bernes, to Europe’s super-agent Mina Raiola.
Matuidi was under contract with Bernes agency until the 30th of June 2013, but the switch in representation and the details of the new contract became murky. Bernes claiming any new deal was to be done under his company and not Raiola’s, and with no one able to agree a deal, the decision progressed to the French court system.
The legal situation meant that Matuidi and PSG couldn’t finalise the new contract until it could be agreed who was owed what as part of the new deal. Matuidi’s current contract is set to expire this summer, and that led to the speculation that he would be able to leave on a free after this season, so English clubs would be able to take advantage by offering PSG the chance to cash in during the winter.
The reality of the situation was much different than the English press were reporting. Because of the agent dispute, Matuidi would have also been unable to sign any new deal with a new club, mainly because of the same reasons that he couldn’t sign his new deal with PSG.
Details of Matuidi’s new contract had already been agreed at the start of the season, it was never a case of the player not being willing to sign a new deal, but more that legally he was not able to.
The legal ramifications look to be all agreed now, and Matuidi will sign a new deal with Paris Saint-Germain that keeps him in Paris until 2018. Time for the English clubs, and the press to focus their attention somewhere else this summer.