AS Monaco rewarded Leonardo Jardim with a contract extension until 2020 after the Portuguese manager guided the club to its first Ligue 1 title in more than 15 years.
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Jardim’s previous contract, which he signed in 2015, was set to expire in 2019.
The 42-year-old is coming off a tremendous third season that saw Monaco hoist the Ligue 1 title following an inspiring run in the Champions League that ended with a loss to Juventus in the semi-finals.
His success triggered speculation that he could be set for a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League following reports that Beijing Guoan was willing to offer him a contract worth £30 million.
However, the prospect of building off of last season’s success was too much for Jardim to resist.
“The ambition to continue this project and to grow the club with the same passion that drives us since the beginning,” were among the reasons Jardim gave for staying put, as translated by Squawka.
After defying the odds and dethroning Paris Saint-Germain as French champion, Jardim, who joined Monaco from Sporting CP in 2014, faces another difficult task entering the summer transfer window as he attempts to retain a group of exceptionally talented players ahead of next season’s title defence.
Monaco is already without Bernardo Silva following the Portugal international’s agreement to join Manchester City, while Kylian Mbappe leads the list of young prodigies who Europe’s elite will covet this summer.