Blanc given two-year contract extension, says PSG chairman

PARIS • Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said that Laurent Blanc will remain as manager of the club next season amid British media reports that Jose Mourinho has already signed a contract with Manchester United.

"We have given him a two-year contract extension. He will be staying with us for next year," Al-Khelaifi said after 10-man PSG beat Lille 2-1 in the French League Cup final on Saturday.

Despite signing a new contract in February that will take him through to June 2018, Blanc's position with the club's Qatari owners came under threat with the loss to Manchester City in the last eight of the Champions League.

But Blanc led PSG to a runaway fourth straight win in the league and into the French Cup final before the League Cup success.

It remains uncertain whether that victory or reports that Mourinho inked a contract at Old Trafford at the end of last week secured Blanc's future at Paris.

According to numerous British media reports, United will make a formal announcement about Mourinho succeeding Louis van Gaal in the next two weeks.

PSG took the lead on Saturday five minutes before half-time in contentious circumstances, with Javier Pastore's shot passing through the legs of an offside Layvin Kurzawa on its way into the net.

Lille hit back when Djibril Sidibe fired a free kick through the wall and into the net.

The capital city side were dealt a huge blow when Adrien Rabiot was shown a second yellow card for a cynical foul on the impressive Sofiane Boufal with 20 minutes remaining. But a moment of madness from Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama allowed Angel Di Maria to roll in the winner with 16 minutes to play for his 15th goal of the season.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2016, with the headline 'Blanc given two-year contract extension, says PSG chairman'. Print Edition | Subscribe