Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has confirmed that he has opened to talks to extend his contract at the Parc des Princes, news which should end speculation that Jose Mourinho could take over at the French giants.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, ahead of PSG’s Ligue 1 clash with FC Lorient on Saturday, Blanc confirmed that he has opened talks with club management about extending his contract, which currently expires at the end of the current campaign.
“We are talking with the club to extend the contract,” he said on Friday, as per ESPN. “As long as it’s not done, we’re in discussion. It’s not a bad thing, I think.”
The former France international has enjoyed great success at the Parc des Princes, and has won two Ligue 1 titles, the French Cup and the French League Cup in his time at the helm of the capital giants.
However, in light of Chelsea’s recent struggles in the Premier League—the Pensioners sit 16th on 11 points after 12 matches, having only won three games—has prompted intense speculation about Mourinho’s future.
The Independent reported at the end of October, that Mourinho had sounded out both PSG and Inter Milan about a potential move should Roman Abramovich end his current tenure at Stamford Bridge.
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Should Blanc agree terms on a new deal at the Parc des Princes, it would appear as that particular avenue—and exit plan—would be closed off to Mourinho, whose side return to action away at West Bromwich Albion this weekend.