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Leonardo Jardim, Monaco Agree to Contract Extension Through 2020

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2017

Monaco's Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim waves to supporters on May 21, 2017 in Monaco, during a celebration to mark the club winning their first French Ligue 1 title in 17 years. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS        (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Manager Leonardo Jardim and AS Monaco have agreed to a new contract that will keep the tactician at the club until 2020, putting a halt to rumours linking the 42-year-old with a move to China.

The club announced the news via Twitter on Wednesday:

AS Monaco 🇲🇨 @AS_Monaco

🖊 L'AS Monaco est heureux d'annoncer la prolongation du contrat de @leonardojjardim jusqu'en 2020 ! 🙌 #Jardim2020 🙌 https://t.co/1VmInxcObs

On Tuesday, Portuguese daily A Bola (h/t Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol) reported Jardim had agreed to a contract with Beijing Guoan.

While plenty of outlets ran with the rumours, followers of French football doubted the legitimacy. Get French Football News suggested the rumours could have been created by Jardim's camp:

Get French Football @GFFN

Also a strong possibility that this rumour is being used as leverage to get a better deal for Leonardo Jardim from AS Monaco.

The Portuguese manager guided Monaco to the Ligue 1 title this season, ending Paris Saint-Germain's run of four straight titles. Monaco also reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League with a remarkably young squad that quickly won over neutral fans for their attacking, wide-open approach.

The likes of Kylian Mbappe and Youri Tielemans present a strong core for the coming seasons, although Monaco will have to be careful in the transfer market. Bernardo Silva has already left for Manchester City, and top clubs across the continent will be after more of their starlets.

Securing Jardim for the near future is arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, however, and Monaco remain in a great position to build on their current success.

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