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Saturday, August 19, 2017, 12:34
Blaise Matuidi completes move from PSG to Juventus
By Associated Press
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 12:34 By Associated Press

France's Blaise Matuidi, center and Lucas Digne, right, salute fans before the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, July 10, 2016. (THANASSIS STAVRAKIS / AP Photo)

PARIS — France midfielder Blaise Matuidi completed his move from Paris Saint-Germain to Juventus on Friday.

Matuidi arrived in Turin for a medical on Wednesday but the move finally went through Friday, PSG said in a statement.

No financial details were given, but Juventus will reportedly pay PSG 20 million euros (US$23 million) plus bonuses for the player, who had a year left on his contract. PSG did not say how long Matuidi's contract is with the Italian champion.

The French club, runner-up to Monaco last year, is trying to balance the books after buying Neymar for 222 million euros (US$261 million) and could not afford to lose Matuidi on a free transfer.

Matuidi scored 22 goals in 295 games for PSG in all competitions after joining from Saint-Etienne in 2011.

After a difficult first season, he quickly became an integral part of the team for successive managers, Carlo Ancelotti and Laurent Blanc.

He flourished from a largely defensive midfielder to a robust, tireless runner with an eye for goal and an enormous work-rate.

Overcoming some technical deficiencies in his game, Matuidi gradually earned himself a place in the France lineup and became a key player at the 2014 World Cup and last year's European Championship. He has made 58 appearances for France, scoring eight times.

At the beginning of last season, after Blanc was fired and replaced by Unai Emery, Matuidi expressed a desire to leave PSG and wanted to join Juventus. But the club blocked his move, considering him too important to leave.

In all, Matuidi won four league titles, three French Cups and four League Cups with PSG.

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