Monaco star signed a new contract until 2022. ••
Monaco full-back Djibril Sidibe has signed a new five-year contract extension with the Ligue 1 champions.
Former Lille defender enjoyed a standout season as Leonardo Jardim’s side claimed the Ligue 1 title, prompting speculation over a possible move in the transfer window to Premier League or La Liga this summer.
Copa Del Rey winner Barcelona and Premier League runner-up Tottenham were among the clubs linked with a bid for 22-year-old, Sidibe has now committed his future to the Stade Louis II side.
“Monaco is happy to announce the extension of the contract of Djibril Sidibe, who is now tied to the club until June 2022,” a Monaco statement confirmed.
Sidibe told the club’s official website: “I’m proud and honored to wear this shirt. It’s the reward for the hard work done during the season, collectively and individually.”
Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev added: “We’re very pleased to announce the extension of Djibril Sidibe and thus retain the right back of the France team.
“After [Radamel] Falcao and Kamil Glik, we’re continuing to secure the contracts of our team’s top players, an extra sign of our determination to structure a top team this season.
“This extension is a reward for all the hard work done on the pitch and for his human qualities in the dressing room.”
The news will come as a relief to Monaco fans, who feared the break-up of their title-winning squad before next season.
However, renewals for Falcao, Glik, and Sidibe and a defiant stance over the future of star forward Kylian Mbappe has offered some encouragement that Monaco can defend their title in 2017-18 and make further strides in the Champions League.
Leonardo Jardim has already moved to secure the signings of Youri Tielemans, Terence Kongolo, Soualiho Meite, Diego Benaglio, Jordi Mboula and Jordy Gaspar.