The 54-year-old, who arrived at Nice in July 2012 on an initial three-year deal, led them to a fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1 last season.

Puel, who guided Olympique Lyon to their first Champions League semi-final in 2010, will succeed Dutchman Ronald Koeman, who moved from Southampton to Everton this month.

“It was an easy decision to make,” Puel told the club website.

“I thought of all the possibilities at this club, the very good players, good persons.”