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Rothen signs new Paris SG contract

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  • Paris Saint Germain midfielder Jerome Rothen signs a contract extension
  • The new deal keeps the 29-year-old French international at the club until 2011
  • The news is a setback to champions Lyon who had been keen on the player
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PARIS, France -- Paris Saint Germain midfielder Jerome Rothen has signed a contract extension keeping him at the French side until 2011.

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Rothen has rebuffed Lyon's attempts to sign him by agreeing a contract extension with Paris St Germain.

"I have always wanted to invest myself long term with Paris," said Rothen.

French champions Lyon attempted to open talks with the 29-year-old international during the summer transfer window but PSG president Alain Cayzac squashed all doubts of a move by saying earlier Rothen was "non negotiable."

The midfielder is the second Parisian player, targetted by Lyon, to extend his contract with the club from the capital following defender Sylvain Armand's decision to stay also until 2011.

"It's great news for PSG," said Cayzac. "Jerome Rothen is one of those players the side depends on to revive PSG this season.

"Jerome is someone we appreciate enormously for his technical qualities, but also for the values he attaches with the colours of the club. And this last point, I believe, was a deciding factor."

Rothen added: "I am very happy with the contract. It was my wish right from the start." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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