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Nov 5, 2013

Blanc to earn new PSG deal - report

Laurent Blanc's flawless start to his career as Paris Saint-Germain coach will soon earn him a contract extension, according to L'Equipe.

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Blanc's appointment was met with much scepticism when he was named successor to Carlo Ancelotti in June with PSG having previously approached, and been rejected by, several high-profile candidates such as Guus Hiddink, Fabio Capello, Roberto Mancini and Andre Villas-Boas.

The Ligue 1 champions' ambitious Qatari owners, Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), set him lofty goals of retaining the French title and of at least emulating Ancelotti's achievement of reaching the last eight of the Champions League.

However, with PSG two points clear at the top of the table after an unbeaten start to the campaign and on the verge of reaching the knockout phase of the Champions League once again, QSI have been impressed and are reportedly ready to offer Blanc a new, improved deal to reflect the status of his role.

That is according to L'Equipe, the French sports daily which had previously reported PSG offering star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic a bigger contract, which the Swede eventually signed in September.

They would also raise his relatively low monthly wage of 35,000 euros -- which Le Parisien claimed in July was deliberately low to ease any future paying up of Blanc's contract -- to around the 600,000 euros Ancelotti received.

The signs from the Parc des Princes hierarchy have certainly been positive with PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi telling L'Equipe in August: "Recruiting him was an excellent decision. His work is even better than we expected from him," said the Qatari, adding: "We're playing better football than last year, and that's very important in my eyes."

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