Pedretti pens new Sochaux deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
French international Benoit Pedretti has signed a new contract with Sochaux which will prevent him leaving the club for nothing.
Pedretti's deal had been due to expire at the end of the season and there were fears Sochaux would lose his services without any recompense.
But the 23-year-old has averted that danger by penning a two-year deal with the Championnat outfit.
During the summer, the gifted midfielder was wanted by Lyon, Marseille and Paris Saint Germain and he could still leave Sochaux at the end of this campaign.
Sochaux have confirmed they will happily allow Pedretti to quit Stade Bonal if they receive a satisfactory bid.
Pedretti had no qualms in inking the contract as he did not wish to leave Sochaux without the club receiving a sum for bringing him through the ranks and enabling him to secure a place in Jacques Santini's national squad.
"This signature not only rewards the club and its trainers but also myself because I have obtained a wage increase," Pedretti told the club's website.
"If the young people leave the club for nothing, then what would be the use of a training centre?"
The coveted midfielder snubbed a summer exit from Sochaux as he felt remaining at Stade Bonal would boost his prospects of earning inclusion in the France party for Euro 2004.