Stephan Lichtsteiner agrees new Juventus contract

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Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has been openly courted by Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in recent months after contract talks with the Serie A champions broke down, but it looks like that situation has changed in the last 24 hours.

Lichtsteiner's representatives have held fresh talks with Juve over a new deal befitting his status as an important figure in Juve's utter domination of Italian football in recent seasons, which the Daily Star believe have finally led to a breakthrough.

Juve had risked losing the versatile Swiss star on a free transfer next summer without a change in their stance, which perhaps prompted them to hand the 30-year-old a two-year extension which is reportedly worth around €3million-a-year.

Van Gaal should be most disappointed

From the top Premier League clubs linked Lichtsteiner would have served as the most useful option for United, who have looked seriously thin at right-back during the large majority of the season so far.

Lichtesteiner also has a hard-earned reputation as one of the most potent attacking wing-backs in European football, with a penchant for getting forward that could have suited Louis Van Gaal's favoured 3-5-2 formation.

Arsenal & PSG also disappointed

Arsenal have also struggled desperately to get a defence out every week with the kind of experience required to mount a sustained title challenge, particularly as summer signing Mathieu Debuchy spent three months out with a frustrating injury problem.

Debuchy is now back fit and for that reason Gunners boss Arsene Wenger may have struggled to justify adding Lichtsteiner to his squad on a lucrative contract.

Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea were also strongly linked with adding a proven Champions League performer to their ranks on the cheap, but once he's put pen to paper on a new contract that chase will effectively be over.

Lichtsteiner is expected to commit his future to the Turin giants before the January transfer window opens, which given the interest from elsewhere has to be considered a shrewd move by a Juve.

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