Laurent Blanc to continue as PSG boss
Laurent Blanc will be Paris Saint-Germain coach next season, the French champions' president Nasser Al Khelaifi has confirmed.
Blanc, 48, saw his team labour to a 2-1 win over Leverkusen on Wednesday to clinch a 6-1 aggregate triumph and their place in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Despite the unconvincing second-leg display, PSG supremo Al Khelaifi had nothing but praise for Blanc, who was seen as a short-term appointment by many when he took over last June.
"Yes, he'll be with us next season," the Qatari said in response to a question from Canal+ about where Blanc's future lay, before adding that talks are ongoing over a potential extension to the two-year deal the former Manchester United and Inter Milan defender signed last summer.
"I say the same thing all the time: we're talking with the coach. Laurent Blanc is the PSG coach. He's going to stay with us next season."
Though Al Khelaifi also noted Blanc had taken the team "close to our objective" of reaching the last eight, as he had been asked to do so at the start of the season, the Parisiens owner added: "I hope to go further.”
That could well depend on the outcome of next Friday's draw, with PSG joining holders Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in qualifying this week.
The Ligue 1 leaders' captain Thiago Silva hopes Barca -- just as they were at the same stage last season -- will be the next hurdle PSG have to clear en route to the final in Lisbon.
"I would have liked to have met my old club AC Milan, but they have been eliminated,” Thiago Silva said. We're stronger than last season. Whatever happens, we'll prepare ourselves for two very difficult games, but against a big team we'll be more focused.”
"It wouldn't be bad to come up against Barcelona again so we can take our revenge. But the result would have to be the other way round this time."