Salvatore Sirigu has signed a contract extension at Paris Saint-Germain, with the confirmation of this deal coming only a week or so after the French champions had been linked with a move for Petr Cech.
Thibaut Courtois’ ascension to the No.1 position with Chelsea had led to speculation that Cech would leave Stamford Bridge before the close of the summer transfer window, and Paris appeared the most likely destination for the Czech goalkeeper.
However the decision was taken, perhaps by Cech himself, to remain with Chelsea for the time being at least, and PSG have now demonstrated faith in the current first-choice ‘keeper by announcing Sirigu will be at the Parc des Princes until 2018.
"We are very proud to extend Salvatore’s [contract], he is an outstanding goalkeeper and a remarkable man,” said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaïfi.
Sirigu added:"I want to continue this great adventure with Paris Saint-Germain.
“I know we're only at the beginning of something special. We will still win many titles together!"
PSG would have been an obvious team for Cech to join given their vast financial reserves that they still lack a goalkeeper of the very highest order, even if Sirigu has been a consistently good performer since joining the club from Palermo three years ago.
It would, of course, had needed to be a temporary deal for Cech given the current sanctions placed upon PSG after they broke FFP regulations, although they would have been required to make room on their wage bill first, with the 32-year-old on a reported £100,000-per-week.
For Cech, also, it would have been a logical transfer. PSG would appear to be one of the few genuine European superpowers that would offer him a starting berth - something he has lost at Chelsea.
There have been links to Real Madrid, but this would make little sense, and while the prospect of joining Monaco may offer a chance to play in the Champions League, they are a club in decline.
It could be deemed either admirable or foolish that Cech would chose to continue with Chelsea, and it may well be that he is given his opportunity during European competition, just as Real Madrid rotated Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas last season.
This will become apparent next week when Chelsea begin their Champions League campaign against Schalke. But if Cech is consigned to a place on the bench again, it does raise the question as to why he did indeed decide to stay.
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