Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Wednesday night was one of the biggest in the clubs recent history. Although the first leg will mean very little to the French side if they can’t secure their place in the semi-final when they travel to London next week for the second-leg. Progression will not only be a massive step towards the Parisians cementing their place as one of Europe’s elite clubs, and it seems it will also mean that current coach Laurent Blanc is finally given his extended contract at the club.
Speaking to french radio station RMC, President Nasser Al-Khelaifi confirmed on Thursday that Laurent Blanc will soon extend his contract as coach of PSG. The signature “will certainly happen this week.”
Laurent Blanc’s agent Pierre Bernes was in Paris this and it is likely that he met with the PSG president to iron out the fine details. The new deal is expected to see Blanc rewarded with a deal lasting till 2016.
It’s no secret that Blanc was not the first choice to take over from the French champions after Carlo Ancelotti left the club for Real Madrid. Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Brian Laudrup and Andre Villas-Boas were all rumoured to be in the running, with Blanc way down the initial shortlist.
The former Bordeaux and France coach was not heralded as PSG’s savoir when he took over, but now after eight months in charge the job he has done has made this new contract nothing less than what he deserves.
Last season Ancelotti may have been successful but his side never played the sort of football that you would expect for the amount of money they spent on players. Now under Blanc, they are playing much more attractive football and he has even managed to get even more out of Swedish striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the player is on course to break the Ligue 1 scoring record – pending he returns from his recent injury.
The new contract gives Blanc some security and will help him continue to build the project at the Parisian club. The club are now on their third coach since Qatari Sports Investment took over, now it looks like they are set for a period of stability.