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PSG end Tuchel speculation as boss signs contract extension

Thomas Tuchel has signed a 12-month contract extension to remain as Paris St Germain head coach until the conclusion of the 2020/21 season Credit: PA

Thomas Tuchel has signed a 12-month contract extension to remain as Paris St Germain head coach until the conclusion of the 2020/21 season.

The German took over at the French capital, replacing Unai Emery, last year and guided them to a successful defence of their Ligue 1 crown, where they finished 16 points ahead of second-placed Lille.

However, this season has not been without its low moments as PSG failed to defend either of the domestic cups - losing in the final of the Coupe de France and in the quarters of the Coupe de la Ligue.

Far more significant was their Champions League elimination in the last 16, where they surrendered a 2-0 first-leg lead in bowing out to an under-strength Manchester United.

With European success seemingly of premier importance to PSG's hierarchy, Tuchel's position came under scrutiny, but that has been lifted by the news he and his backroom staff have signed new deals to June 30, 2021.

Tuchel said in quotes on PSG's official website: "I'm delighted to extend my contract and commitment to Paris St Germain. 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."

Tuchel heaps praise of PSG players after Ligue 1 triumph

Tuchel had previously been displeased with PSG's recent performances. Credit: PA

Coach Thomas Tuchel and chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi have paid tribute to Paris Saint Germain after their Ligue 1 title win.

Kylian Mbappe scored a hat-trick as PSG celebrated winning the Championship with a 3-1 victory against Monaco at the Parc des Princes.

After failing to regain their crown in the past three matches, drawing one and losing two, PSG's sixth title in the last seven seasons and the eighth in the club's history was confirmed prior to Sunday night's game after Lille's goalless draw at Toulouse earlier in the day.

"I am delighted to see my team win the French Championship, one of the most prestigious in Europe," Tuchel told the club's official website.

"Celebrating this title in front of our home crowd makes it extra special, and it's a wonderful feeling to share with our supporters."

Mbappe punished his former club with three goals and the 20-year-old also saw a shot come back off a post, while Monaco saw several chances go to waste before Aleksandr Golovin finally found the back of the net for Monaco with 10 minutes remaining.

Only St Etienne (10) and Marseille (9) have won more Ligue 1 titles now than PSG, whose eighth championship puts them level with Nantes and Monaco.

"We're always so happy and proud to win a title as prestigious as the French Championship," Al-Khelaifi told the club's official website.

"Ligue 1 is the flagship competition here in France, a country at the very top of world football since last summer.

"That alone shows the huge importance we will always give to trophies won here in this great football nation. I congratulate my players, the coach, the staff and everyone at the club who work so hard behind the scenes.

"Furthermore I would like to especially thank the supporters for their loyalty and unrivalled dedication. Their passion for the club is extremely important for us."

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