Jardim signs new Monaco deal

Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev is backing the coach to build on a “remarkable” first season after committing to the club until 2019

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has extended his contract with the club until 2019.

The 40-year-old arrived at the Stade Louis II from Sporting Lisbon last summer and guided the Monte Carlo outfit to the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League, where they were eliminated by Juventus.

Monaco are on course to qualify for next season’s tournament as they currently sit third in Ligue 1 with just two games to go and the club rewarded the coach by offering him a new and improved deal to ensure he stays for another four years.

“I’m pleased to be making this long-term commitment to AS Monaco,” he told the club’s official website after signing the new deal. “This contract extension is a mark of confidence from the club and the directors. 

“We have worked hard this season to put in place this new project, and I’m convinced that the best is still to come. There are lots of quality youngsters in this team.

“We need to continue with what we’ve shown this season. The club is ambitious and so am I.”

Vice-president Vadim Vasilyev believes the former Olympiakos coach can take the principality side to the next level.

“This is an important step for our club, as we are keen to build for the future with Leonardo Jardim,” he said. “With his backroom staff, he has done a remarkable job this season, getting very good results in Ligue 1 and the Champions League.

“We are confident that Leonardo is the right coach for our philosophy, to enable the club to be a major player on the national and international scene, while allowing our talented young players to develop.”