Having reportedly being turned down by Andre Villas-Boas, Fabio Capello, Guus Hiddink, Michael Laudrup, and even Frank Rijkaard among others, Laurent Blanc may now be the man to finally say “yes” to the reigning French champions.
BeIN Sport revealed early this morning that Blanc had agreed to a 2-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain, but it appears they have jumped the gun a bit.
Blanc’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes has denied that his client agreed to a deal just yet in, confirming however in an interview with French radio station RMC that the two sides are in negotiations.
A statement appeared on beIN Sports’ website earlier this morning, saying, “An agreement was reached today between Paris St Germain and Laurent Blanc for him to become the new coach of the capital club. An agreement between the former coach of the France team and PSG was reached for two years. It is planned that he will sign the contract next week.”
BeIN Sport is owned and operated by PSG owners Qatari Sports Investments. The original story has been taken down from beIN’s website.
It’s a bit of a surprise that the contract is for two years. Rumors have been flying that PSG have been steadfast in insisting their incoming manager sign just a one-year deal as the French giants anticipate their top target Arsene Wenger’s contract with Arsenal expiring next June.
This has caused a large number of coaches at every level to turn down PSG, wanting more than just a year of job security.
Blanc took charge of the French national team after their disastrous run in the 2010 World Cup through their trip to the quarterfinals of Euro 2012, after which he stepped down. He was also in charge of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux for three years prior to leading Les Blues.
Any appointment PSG can finally make would release Carlo Ancelotti to make his way to Real Madrid, a deal that’s been the worst-kept secret in soccer for the better part of a month or two.
International roundup: Schweinsteiger, Keane say goodbye; Denmark bags five
Max Meyer picked up from his remarkable Olympics by firing home, and Mesut Ozil also scored for the Germans in a match that was not about the winner. Bastian Schweinsteiger called it a day on his international career in the win, his 121st cap. The Manchester United man finishes his career with 24 goals, a World Cup title and a EURO runner-up finish. Not too shabby.
ROI all-time leading scorer Robbie Keane fittingly ended his tenure as an international player with yet another goal, bringing his career tally to 68 goals in 146 caps. Stoke City’s Jon Walters scored twice for the Boys in Green, and Robbie Brady (Norwich) also netted in the win.
It took the hosts a half-hour to break down the visitors, but a pair from Feyenoord striker Nicolai Jorgensen opened the floodgates and Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer and Jens Stryger Larsen finished the scoring in a blowout at the CASA Arena in Horsens. It was Larsen’s first cap.
Elsewhere Turkey 0-0 Russia
Albania 0-0 Morocco
Estonia 1-1 Malta
Norway 0-1 Belarus
Lebanon 1-1 Jordan
3. Dieumerci Mbokani, loan from Dynamo Kyiv to Hull — While Robbie Brady, Timm Klose, and Nathan Redmond got a lot of the headlines, Mbokani was a powerful part of the Canaries’ attack in an ill-fated campaign. At 30 he’s far from a long-term fix, but Mbokani should provide strength and skill to a Hull City side facing a very challenging campaign. Per 90 minutes, no one on Norwich touched him last year (courtesy advanced stats site Squawka):
2. Jack Wilshere, loan from Arsenal to Bournemouth — We want so badly to make this our No. 1 for many reasons, but can’t take that risk thanks to the risk presented by Wilshere’s injury history. For Jeff Mostyn, Eddie Howe, and the Cherries to win the rights to bring Wilshere to town is big for a lot of reasons. That Arsene Wenger allowed him to go is another. Frankly, this could be a game changer for two clubs’ PL fortunes.
— Honorable mention — Wilfried Bony is a nice pick-up for Stoke, but Bruno Martins Indi gives the club freedom to use Geoff Cameron in other ways. … Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is another good piece for Spurs’ attacking depth ahead of the UEFA Champions League.
Islam Slimani, permanent from Lisbon to Leicester — The Algerian striker was sold on King Power Stadium by fellow Desert Warriors attacker Riyad Mahrez, and now gives the Foxes even more danger whether counterattacking or taking their talents to the opposition. With Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, and Ahmed Musa joining Slimani, Leicester has the depth to dance in Europe.