Paris Saint-Germain appoint Laurent Blanc as manager

Laurent Blanc was previously France manager. Photo: PA

French champions Paris Saint-Germain have handed the managerial reins to ex-Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc.

Carlo Ancelotti was named as the successor to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid on Tuesday morning and, minutes later, PSG confirmed Blanc, who has been in talks with the club since last week, as his replacement in the French capital.

A club statement read: "Paris St Germain is delighted to announce the appointment of Laurent Blanc as coach for the next two years. He will take charge of the squad on 1 July 2013 for the start of pre-season training."