Blaise Matuidi is a French footballer who plays for Paris Saint-Germain and the France national football team. He primarily plays as a combative central midfielder, often occupying a withdrawn position as a deep-lying playmaker and is described as a 'fierce and strong tackler.'
Born on the 9th of April 1987 Matuidi began his club career at Troyes in 2004 making his professional debut on the 23rd of November in the teams Ligue 2 match against Gueugnon. Following his first season, on 16 June 2006, Matuidi signed his first professional contract, agreeing to a four-year deal with Troyes despite interest from English club Charlton Athletic.
Despite being linked with a hosts of Ligue 1 clubs, notably Bordeaux, Lille and AS Monaco, on the 12th of July 2007, it was confirmed by the media that Matuidi had agreed to join AS Saint-Ãƒâ€°tienne after agreeing to a four-year deal with the club. Matuidi was given the number 12 shirt and he made his club debut on the 11th of August 2007 against Valenciennes. Matuidi played a total of 154 matches for Saint-Etienne scoring three goals and making 10 assists.
On 25 July 2011, French club Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that the club had signed Matuidi to a three-year contract as a replacement for the departed Claude Makélélé, who retired from the sport. Assigned the number 14 shirt Matuidi made his competitive debut for Paris Saint-Germain on 6 August 2011 in the team's opening 1Ã¢â‚¬â€œ0 league defeat to Lorient. Having represented France at youth levels Matuidi made his senior debut for France in a 2-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. He looks set to be a key player for both club and country in the next few years.