Matuidi not focused on Paris Saint-Germain future

Despite revelling in the praise of the club's president, the combative French midfielder has underlined his intention to merely focus on playing, and not on extending his contract
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi has put aside talk of extending his stay with the capital side in favour of concentrating on finishing the season well.

The 25-year-old's contract is due to end next summer, but president Nasser Al-Khelaifi recently said that the club would not entertain offers for the France international.

"He will never leave PSG," the businessman declared to le Parisien.

"I love him. He is a warrior, and is never arrogant. He always wants to progress and that is something awesome and unique. He is one of the best players in our squad, and indeed, all of France."

Nevertheless, Matuidi remained cautious about predicting his future in the aftermath of the Parc des Princes side's 2-1 victory over Nancy on Saturday, telling reporters: "I take great pleasure in playing for PSG, but still have a year on my contract.

"The president's statements were extremely touching, but I just want to make every effort to finish the season well."

Nancy took a shock lead in the first-half but Zlatan Ibrahimovic ensured all three points in the latter stages, but Matuidi was swift to defend the team's performance.

"If things were already written in advance, football would not be such a beautiful sport," the former Saint-Ettienne continued. "Our future is ours to write.

"We must take to matches with the right attitude. Nancy played a great match tonight, but we responded well."

Carlo Ancelotti's men now have a five-point lead over second-placed Lyon, who still have a game in-hand in Ligue 1.