Laurent Blanc signed a new contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain to keep him at the Parc des Princes until summer 2018 and immediately set his sights on Champions League glory.
The 50-year-old former France international defender and coach has enjoyed a successful spell in charge of the Parisians since replacing Carlo Ancelotti in summer 2013.
He has delivered two successive Ligue 1 titles and won the domestic treble last term, while the team are on course to repeat that feat as they sit an incredible 24 points clear at the top of the table and are unbeaten domestically this season.
Despite Blanc’s impeccable record his position as PSG coach has continually been called into question over the years with the likes of Jose Mourinho being heavily linked with his job.
But the club’s hierarchy have now decided to stand by their man and, in return, he is desperate to guide the team to the only trophy that has ‘eluded’ them so far – the Champions League.
“I want to thank the club for the faith they put in me,” said Blanc. “There’s still one competition that has eluded us – the Champions League – and it’s very difficult to win. But one day, Paris St-Germain will win it.”
PSG will face English Premier League champions Chelsea over two legs in their last-16 tie with the first leg in Paris next Tuesday evening. The side are 1.57 to see off Chelsea and qualify for the quarter-finals and 15.00 to go on and win the Champions League this season.