The 32-year-old was set to be a free agent after the current season but has extended his stay in Turin.

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi has signed a contract extension with the Serie A side through to June 2021.

The 32-year-old’s contract was set to expire at the end of this 2019-20 year, but he’s been rewarded for another strong effort with a yearlong renewal.

In actuality, according to the club’s half-year report which was recently published, Matuidi signed his contract extension back on February 14, though it hadn’t been announced publicly.

Matuidi has made 31 appearances in all competitions this term in a season that has now been put on hold because of the coronavirus crisis.

The France international is all too knowledgeable about the virus, as he had been the next Juventus player after Daniele Rugani to test positive for COVID-19 following the outbreak in northern Italy.

Matuidi, however, said he was experiencing no symptoms and took a test from an abundance of caution following Rugani’s positive outcome.

“I’m an asymptomatic carrier of the virus, conscious I have the privilege of becoming a professional footballer and so benefit from regular and fantastic health monitoring,” Matuidi posted on Instagram.

“If I hadn’t been, perhaps I’d not have known I had been. I’m positive, I’m powerful, my morale is as large as that of my loved ones.

“I’m positive, I’m strong, morale is great. We’ll collectively emerge stronger from this evaluation.”

Following Matuidi’s diagnosis, celebrity forward Paulo Dybala became the third Juventus player to test positive for COVID-19.

The Argentine admitted that he was fearful following his identification, but said he was feeling better after experiencing symptoms of this illness.

“I had a bad cough, I felt exhausted and when I slept, I felt chilly. Initially, I did not consider what it might be but it had occurred to two other team-mates and the last one was me,” Dybala stated during an interview with the official AFA site.

“We had headaches, but it was advisable not to take anything. The team gave us vitamins and over time we felt better.

“It’s psychological. You’re scared at first, but it is OK now. These days we have not had any symptoms.”

Matuidi was a mainstay for Juventus considering joining the club in August 2017 after spending a few years with Paris Saint-Germain.

The midfielder has also been a critical cog for France since making his international debut in 2010, as he began four games in the 2018 World Cup in his nation’s run to the title.