Paris Saint-Germain announced that Brazil international defender Thiago Silva has signed a new contract with the club that will keep him at Parc des Princes until 2018.The center back was heavily linked with Barcelona earlier this summer, as the Catalans were keen to strengthen their defense. The 28-year-old has quieted all speculation approximately his future by inking an extension to his previous deal, after PSG previously already told Barca that it had no intention to sell Silva.The powerful defender joined Paris Saint-Germain from AC Milan in the summer of 2012 & has since developed into a key player with the Ligue 1 giant. He made 22 league appearances for the Parisiens last term, helping them to their first Ligue 1 title since 1993-94 in the process.Silva’s renewal comes only days after PSG completed the contract renewal of Marco Verratti, with the Italy international signing a new & improved deal until 2018, as well.
Paris Saint-Germain has confirmed that midfielder Marco Verratti has extended his contract with the club until 2018.The 20-year-old had been linked with a return to Serie A this summer following the departure of Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid, who were moreover said to be chasing his signature.However, the Italy international now looks set to stay at Parc des Princes, with PSG reported to have bumped his salary along with adding an extra year on to his contract, which now has five years left to run.An official statement on les Parisiens’ website read: “Paris Saint-Germain are very pleased to announce that Marco Verratti has extended his contract for another year. He is therefore bound to the club until June 2018.”Arriving at Paris Saint-Germain in 2012, Marco Verratti has shown his desire to impress in his time with the club. The young Italy international has played 36 games, including nine in the Champions League last season.”The extension shows the will of the Paris Saint-Germain to build a project for the future & to build one of the greatest teams in Europe.”
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PARIS, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Italy midfielder Marco Verratti has signed a one-year contract extension with Paris St Germain that will keep him at the club until 2018, the Ligue 1 champions said in a statement on Tuesday.
According to media reports, the 20-year-old’s salary will rise 150 percent from 800,000 euros to two million euros ($2.67 million) a year.
Verratti joined PSG a year ago for a fee of 11 million euros after helping Pescara win promotion to Italy’s Serie A.
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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc was left baffled as his side failed to pick up its first win of the season after a 1-1 draw with Ajaccio.The Ligue 1 champions peppered their opponent’s goal, amassing over 30 shots on the night, yet still had to settle for a point, much to the frustration of their new coach.“We’re not ready yet, we knew that,” Blanc told reporters. “The real disappointment is losing two points tonight. Paris deserved to win.”Blanc’s side fell behind for the second league game in succession & admitted that this is a worrying trend that needs to be addressed.“Ajaccio & Montpellier took advantage of their opportunity to open the scoring. This is one opportunity too many.“Even if we didn’t make the best of starts though, our first half was not bad.”It was left to substitute Edinson Cavani to rescue a point for les Parisiens yet Blanc admitted that he was reluctant to even bring the Uruguayan on, admitting that he is still some way off creating the perfect partnership with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.“I had planned not to play Cavani all match. We took a risk, yet we did well to keep it on the ground,” he added.“The challenge will be to combine Zlatan & Edinson. If we obtain there, we will score many goals.”
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PARIS, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Edinson Cavani’s first Ligue 1 goal salvaged a point for a wasteful Paris St Germain as the French champions drew 1-1 at home against Ajaccio on Sunday.
PSG, who drew their opening three games last season, have two points from two matches, four less than big-spenders Monaco who thrashed Montpellier 4-1 thanks to Emmanuel Riviere’s hat-trick & a Radamel Falcao penalty.
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A terrific strike after 86 minutes from Edinson Cavani secured a 1-1 draw for PSG, which looked likely to surprisingly succumb at home to Ajaccio.Benoit Pedretti’s fine opening goal had the Corsicans in front before a stunning performance from Guillermo Ochoa in the visiting goal kept the home side at bay. But Cavani scored a beauty from 18 yards to secure a draw just before full time.However, the Uruguayan’s stunning equalizer four minutes from the end ensured Laurent Blanc’s side avoided defeat, although this is likely to be scant consolation after statistics showed the club had 39 shots to the visitor’s one throughout the match.It was Cavani’s first league start for PSG, while fellow close-season signing Marquinhos was named on the bench by Blanc.For the visitors, Joshua Nadeau replaced the suspended Benjamin Andre & Sigamary Diarra was preferred to Johan Cavalli.PSG made the early running, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s free kick forcing Ochoa into a parried save only for the ball to trickle along the goal line & behind for a corner.However, Ajaccio went ahead after 10 minutes thanks to a superb effort from Pedretti.The French playmaker caressed a delicious strike from outside the box into the top corner past a helpless Salvatore Sirigu.PSG then forced satisfactory chances through Ibrahimovic & Maxwell as the club looked to restore parity, yet Ochoa was equal to them both.Sweden international Ibrahimovic again threatened after 33 minutes, chesting a ball down & firing past Ochoa’s right post before his knockdown almost forced Ronald Zubar to turn the ball into his own net.PSG continued to apply pressure yet was frustrated for the remainder of the half by a stubborn Ajaccio defense, & went in behind at the break.The second half began in much the same vein as the first ended, with Blanc’s men threatening from the off.Cavani headed wide two minutes in before Alex forced Pedretti into a goal-line clearance just after the hour mark.Christophe Jallet scuffed a glorious opportunity wide after 72 minutes as the chances continued to flow for the visibly-frustrated home side.Ochoa’s goal carried on leading a charmed life as Thiago Silva crashed a header against the bar yet eventually, the home side was level four minutes from time through Cavani.The close-season signing from Napoli opened his PSG account in style, turning Zubar on the edge of the area before arrowing a strike into the top corner. Sensing a winner, PSG continued to push, with the team’s captain Silva curling an effort just wide before Ezequiel Lavezzi saw his appeal for a penalty turned away after he went down under the challenge of Laurent Bonnart. There was still time for a goal line clearance from the home team’s defense as well as an superior Ochoa save from a stooping Marco Verratti header & another shot from Silva that rattled the bar. However, it somehow remained level, meaning the champion lost further ground to its title rivals after Monaco, Lyon & Marseille all kept up their winning starts to the season over the weekend.
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