In his first season with Paris Saint-Germain, Laurent Blanc has taken the club to the summits of the domestic game, winning three out of the four national trophies on offer (Ligue 1 championship, the Coupe de la Ligue and the Trophée des Champions), as well as on the continent where the club reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the second year in succession. With 25 victories in 36 Ligue 1 matches, Laurent Blanc has established the best winning ratio in the club's history. Paris Saint-Germain has won 39 matches out of the 53 official games this term.
After signing his new deal, Laurent Blanc said: "I am very happy to continue with Paris Saint-Germain. I want to be a part of this project over the long term, the most ambitious project in european football. Together, we will dream bigger."
"It is perfectly justified to show our confidence in Laurent Blanc. We are very happy with his results this season, as well as the very attractive football the team has played. We are convinced we will win a lot more trophies together," declared Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Paris Saint-Germain president.
As a player, Laurent Blanc won a number of trophies, playing in the biggest stadiums around Europe and the world. A world champion in 1998 and European champion in 2000 with France, he played for some of Europe's biggest clubs such as FC Barcelona, Manchester United and Inter Milan. He won the league in France and England, a SuperCup in Spain, as well as the Coupe de France and played alongside some of the biggest players in the world.
In 2007 at 42 years of age (Laurent was born on November 19 1965 in Alès), after 97 international caps for France, he became coach for the first time at Girondins de Bordeaux, with whom he won the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de la Ligue in 2009 and developed his now trademark flamboyant attacking style.
In 2010, he was named national team coach of France, leading Les Bleus to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.