Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel extends contract

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has extended his deal with the French Ligue 1 champions through to June 2021, the club announced on Saturday.

The 45-year-old German took over in June 2018 and despite winning Ligue 1 has come under scrutiny after the Parisian club’s defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League last 16.

“I’m delighted to extend my contract and commitment to Paris Saint-Germain,” Tuchel said. “I’d like to thank the chairman and the whole club for their trust in me and my staff.

“This only reinforces my ambition to bring this team to the very top through hard work. I’m also very touched by the backing of our supporters, and I’m sure that the best is yet to come for our club,” he told the club website.

The German coach replaced Unai Emery on a two-year deal last summer and helped PSG defend its league title this season. PSG made a brilliant start under Tuchel, the former Borussia Dortmund coach, by winning its first 14 league games.

But the season deteriorated as the club went out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage for the third straight year and also failed to retain the two domestic cups. PSG lost at home in the League Cup quarterfinals to Guingamp — which was relegated to the second division — and lost the French Cup final to Rennes.

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