Manchester City and Chelsea target signs new deal with PSG

Javier Pastore, Thiago Silvar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Blaise Matuidi unveiled at PSG

Manchester City and Chelsea midfield target Blaise Matuidi has settled his future to remain with Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes until 2018.

The 26-year-old midfielder had been the subject of speculation he could move to the Premier League with just 6 months left on his contract in the January transfer window this year.

The central midfielder had been involved in a legal dispute between his former agent Jean-Pierre Brenes and his new agent Mino Raiola that had delayed his signing of a new contract to stay on with the Ligue 1 champions beyond this summer.

His troubles off the field had not scuppered interest from two Premier League title rivals in signing the France international ahead of the World Cup this summer. Matuidi has scored five goals and made six assists in all competitions for PSG this term, catching the eye of Manchester City and Chelsea according to reports in the winter window.

The English giants’ chances of signing Matuidi now look near impossible this summer after he agreed to the terms of a new four-year contract to stay on in the French capital under manager Laurent Blanc, formerly a Manchester United, Inter Milan and Barcelona defender in his playing career and former Les Blues boss for two years.

Matuidi has spent his entire career to date in his native France, developing at Troyes as a youth prior to his €7.5 million move from Saint-Etienne to PSG in 2011 and it looks likely that he will remain in France for the foreseeable future after committing pen to paper on his new deal.

image: © Christophe Pelletier

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