Rothen signs on at PSG

Rothen signs on at PSG
By Eurosport

26/07/2007 at 15:41Updated

PSG winger Jerome Rothen has spurned the advances of French champions Lyon to sign a new deal at the club.

The former France international is now tied to Paris until 2011 and had been tipped to replace Florent Malouda on the left wing for Les Gones.

"I am obviously very happy with this contract extension," he told the club website. "It was my desire from the start because I always wanted a long-term commitment to PSG.

"This extension ties me down to the club until 2011. I hope to share many victories with the fans who never failed to show their support during the recent period"

Rothen came to prominence playing for Monaco in their run to the Champions League final three seasons ago and featured for France in Euro 2004 before being tipped for a move to one of Europe's top clubs.

The Paris-born left-sided midfielder surprised many by signing for hometown club PSG and subsequently lost form and confidence as the club entered one of its darkest periods.

However he became rejvenated under new boss Paul Le Guen and was instrumental in their Ligue 1 survival towards the end of last season and was subsequently linked with Lyon after Malouda's big-money move to Chelsea.

"I am delighted to hear of the decision by both the club and the player," Le Guen declared.

"Congratulations to the club and congratulations to the player."

His previous deal was set to expire next summer.