French champions Paris Saint-Germain have announced that Thiago Silva, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Sergio Rico have signed short-term contract extensions until the end of the season.
The trio had their contracts expiring at the end of June, but the Ligue 1 holders have managed to convince them to prolong their stay until the conclusion of their Champions League campaign in August.
“The club is pleased to announce that Thiago Silva, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Sergio Rico have extended their contracts until the end of the season,” a statement on the club’s official website read.
Silva has been a regular at the heart of the club’s defence this term and the club-captain made 30 appearances across all competitions before the season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The FFF followed to prematurely conclude the Ligue 1 season after 28 games due to the pandemic, but the club still have plenty to play for with the Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue finals as well as the Champions League.
When compared to Silva, Choupo-Moting has been nothing much more than a squad player and he was fancied to part ways with the Paris giants at the beginning of this month.
However, the club had to change their stance with Edinson Cavani opting against a two-month extension beyond June 30 and the former Stoke City man will now act as the back-up striker behind Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe.
Choupo-Moting was not registered for the knockout phase of the Champions League back in February, but Les Parisiens now have the chance to include him in the squad with UEFA permitting three player changes before the premier competition recommences.
Those three players should have been present at the club during the time of the previous registration on February 3. Players returning from loan spells or new signings are not allowed to be registered.
Elsewhere, Sergio Rico has made only eight appearances since joining the club on a season-long loan from Sevilla last summer. He has acted as the deputy goalkeeper behind Keylor Navas and should assume a similar role for the rest of the campaign.
Paris Saint-Germain are scheduled to face Saint-Etienne in the Coupe de France final on July 24. Exactly a week later, they will contest Lyon in the last ever Coupe de la Ligue final. Both games are scheduled to be played at the Stade de France.
In August, they will resume their Champions League campaign from the last eight-stage. Due to the coronavirus threat, the quarter-finals and semi-finals have been reduced to one-legged ties to be played in Lisbon. The final will also be conducted in the same city on August 21.
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