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Lille midfielder Mathieu Chalme has inked a contract extension at the Ligue 1 outfit.

The 24-year-old, whose previous deal was due to expire at the end of the campaign, is now tied to the club until June 2008.

Chalme rejoined Lille in 2002 after spending a spell in the French lower divisions.

He has now established himself in Claude Puel's first team and has already made nine starts this term.

Chalme has played his part in the team's excellent start to the season, which currently sees them lying second in Ligue 1, and Puel will be delighted to have secured the player's long-term future.