Settlement possible in Matuidi case

Le Parisien has reported that an out-of-court settlement could be reached in the case brought against Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi by his former agent.

The paper said influential French agent Jean-Pierre Bernes had met PSG's managing director Jean-Claude Blanc last month. It reported that a potential settlement had been discussed -- something that would avoid causing the Ligue 1 champions any public embarrassment over the matter.

Bernes, 56, is taking fellow agent Mino Raiola and Matuidi, 26, to court, claiming a breach of contract by the France international.

He is claiming €5 million from Matuidi and €3.5 million from Raiola and alleges that his colleague, who represents some of Matuidi's PSG teammates including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was complicit in the player's decision, in mid-March, to annul their contract, which ran until the end of June.

A hearing was due to be held in Paris on Monday but was adjourned until November 4 at the request of Bernes' lawyers, who need to demonstrate that Raiola had not only taken on Matuidi's interests but had also claimed commission from the player's contract extension.

However, PSG are yet to confirm that the former Saint-Etienne midfielder has extended his deal, due to expire next June, with the question at the heart of Bernes' litigation.