Marco Giampaolo has been rewarded with a new contract after leading Sampdoria into the top half of Serie A.
After a single season at Empoli, 49-year-old Giampaolo joined Samp as Vincenzo Montella's successor, in a summer that followed a serious flirtation with relegation at the Marassi.
Swiss-born Giampaolo, who has steered the Blucerchiati to ninth place with eight games of the campaign remaining, has signed a contract tying him to the Genoese club until June 2020, Samp announced on Friday.
When Patrik Schick scored the equaliser in Sampdoria's shock 2-1 win at Inter Milan on Monday, it was not only the travelling fans who were impressed.
Scouts from Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea were all in attendance at the San Siro to watch the Czech Republic striker in action.
With Borussia Dortmund and even Inter themselves also monitoring the 21-year-old, here's what you need to know about him:
GOOD TOUCH FOR A BIG MAN
Schick is a 6-foot-2 centre-forward who emerged last season with...
Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea watched Sampdoria striker Patrik Schick in action on Monday night, a source has told ESPN FC.
Schick enhanced his reputation with a goal in Samp's shock 2-1 win over Inter Milan at the San Siro to take his tally for the season to eight.
The 21-year-old, who joined Sampdoria from Sparta Prague last summer, has played for Czech Republic at all youth levels and made his senior international debut last May. He has won three caps and scored one goal so far for...