Gignac to stay with Tigres after signing new deal with Liga MX giants

Azael Rodriguez
After three years starring in Mexico the former Marseille forward is has extended his stay, as he continues to lead the scoring charts

Tigres' French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac will stay put in Liga MX, having signed a new contract with the club on Wednesday. 

Gignac, 32, arrived at the Monterrey club in 2015 and helped them to an appearance in that year's Copa Libertadores final, where they lost out 3-0 on aggregate to River Plate. 

He has gone on to score 94 goals in 161 games in all competitions, as he nears Tomas Boy's club-record 102, while Tigres have lifted seven major titles during his stay. 

And while the details of his extension are yet to be divulged, both Gignac and his club have expressed their satisfaction at agreeing new terms for him to keep playing in Mexico's top flight. 

"Mexico and its people, but especially my city Monterrey, have received me from the start with a lot of love and made me feel at home," the forward wrote on Twitter.

"Today with great joy and with the same love, I can announce to you that I’m staying home! I’m staying with Tigres!

"Many thanks to my family, to my great team, to the directors for their confidence, to the coaching staff but above all 1,000 times thank you to the best fans in Mexico.

"Let’s keep making history together!"

Tigres had announced their plans to ink a new deal with the forward on Tuesday, saying on the club’s official site: "Tomorrow [for Wednesday] Andre-Pierre Gignac will sign his contract extension with Tigres, as revealed by club president Miguel Angel Garza. 

"Negotiations with Gignac have been practically completed for a few days, with only his signature needed."  

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"We have set the day of tomorrow to complete [the contract]," Garza added.  

"The details had already been agreed and we just need his signature, and talking to Andre we decided that tomorrow was the best day to do it." 

Tigres currently sit sixth in the Liga MX Apertura regular season standings and look set to seal a play-off place; thanks in no little part to Gignac, who with 14 goals this season in the top scorer in Mexico's top division.