Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has signed a new four and a half year deal at the club
Despite the arrival of Italian great Gianluigi Buffon, Areola has remained in favour at PSG with nine starts in their 16 Ligue 1 games.
Manager Thomas Tuchel has refused to name a clear number one between the pair and continues to juggle his options.
But Areola’s new contract until 2023 is a clear indication that he remains a big part of the club’s plans.
The 25-year-old rose through the youth ranks at PSG and he’s kept 69 clean sheets in 85 appearances.
“It was very important for me to continue my career and my progress at Paris Saint-Germain,” Areola told the club website.
“This club is not only my trainer, it is also the club of my heart. I grew up here and I discovered a very high level.
“My club gives me this chance to pursue very high ambitions, alongside outstanding team-mates.
“With the continued support of our supporters, we still have wonderful story pages to write together. I believe very strongly in my club and the opportunity to live unforgettable moments.”
President Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: “It is with great joy and pride that we are extending Alphonse Areola’s contract.
“Alphonse is one of the most beautiful symbols of the excellence of our training centre.
“And we appreciate, as well as our supporters, the loyalty that he expresses towards his club through his choice to join in the long term.
“Since his first steps at the club, Alphonse has shown a fantastic desire to make progress with his coaches and his most experienced teammates.
“His extension is a strong signal of the trust we place and will continue to place in the players we train.”
PSG will face Nantes on Saturday for a Ligue 1 match.
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