Lille coach Rudi Garcia signs new contract

Lille coach Rudi Garcia has signed a new contract with the

French league leader until 2014.

Garcia has guided Lille to within reach of its first league

title since the 1953-54 season. His side is currently four points

clear at the top with 10 games of the season remaining.

Lille announced the deal on its website Thursday.

Several Lille players have also signed new contracts recently,

including midfielder and captain Rio Mavuba, goalkeeper Mickael

Landreau, defender Mathieu Debuchy and highly rated Belgium

playmaker Eden Hazard.

Garcia also played for Lille for six seasons during his playing

career.