Laurent Blanc, PSG Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2016

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 10:  Head coach Laurent Blanc of Paris Saint-Germain during the French   Cup between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon at Parc Des Princes on february 10, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has signed a two-year contract extension with the French champions that will keep him at the Parc des Princes until 2018.

PSG confirmed the news on Thursday, with Blanc, 50, expressing his delight upon sealing his new deal:

It is with great pleasure that I have just extended my contract as coach of Paris Saint-Germain. 

I would like to thank the club for the faith that has been put in me. Since the beginning, I have felt honoured to work for such an ambitious club and it is extremely satisfying to coach such talented players. I hope that I can continue make Paris Saint-Germain a brilliant and respected ambassador of French football.

Blanc has been in charge of the Ligue 1 giants since 2013 and has led them to back-to-back French titles, while last season PSG sealed a historic domestic treble as they also claimed the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France trophies.

The Paris outfit have already effectively wrapped up another league title as they currently sit 24 points clear of second-placed AS Monaco in the Ligue 1 standings with 13 games remaining; they are also still in the Coupe de France and have reached the Coupe de la Ligue final again.

The main aim for Blanc and his side this season is surely to win the Champions League, and they face Chelsea in their last-16 tie, the first leg of which takes place on Tuesday.

Blanc has never guided PSG further than the quarter-finals in Europe's premier club competition, but 2015-16 could well be different as they are unquestionably one of the continent's top sides, and they currently sit second in Bleacher Report's European club rankings:

Based on current form they should certainly get past Chelsea, as the Blues have had a torrid 2015-16 season while PSG have not lost a match in any competition since Novembera period that includes their current run of 17 wins in succession.

Blanc's side have demonstrably upped their level this season, not least because of some fine additions in last summer's transfer window, per the Associated Press' Jerome Pugmire:

Angel Di Maria has thrived under Blanc and emphatically refound his form after his disappointing 2014-15 campaign at Manchester United, scoring nine league goals and providing 10 assists so far this term, per

The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani have also been looking good this season, and PSG are a genuine force to be reckoned with in the Champions League.

With Blanc having now sealed his future at the club, his sole focus will be to win as many trophies as possible this season and perhaps claim that elusive European crown.