West Ham defender gets new deal

Oggy handed a new Hammers deal

West Ham have confirmed that Angelo Ogbonna has signed a new one-year contract with the Club.

The popular Italian defender – the second-longest serving player at the Club behind Aaron Cresswell – has put pen to paper on a 12-month extension after his previous deal expired at the end of June.

Ogbonna, who made his 232nd appearance for the Club as a late substitute in the UEFA Europa Conference League final victory over ACF Fiorentina in Prague in June, is looking forward to entering his ninth season in a Claret and Blue shirt.

And such were his performances last season – following injury – David Moyes has decided he wants the player to remain at the club

Speaking to whufc.com, Ogbonna sai said: “It feels really good to remain with West Ham.

I’m really pleased with what we’ve achieved, and I’m pleased with what we did last season. I want to thank the Club and, as I always say, I’m here to help.

Now I’m here to stay as well and I really want to keep going and pushing on now.

“Everyone welcomed me in the best way when I joined West Ham in 2015 and made me feel like a part of the family here. That was the most important thing and that’s why I’m so pleased to stay here. I want to keep giving back.

 
“I can never really put into words what West Ham means to me. This is the Club where I grew up and became a man. This is the Club where I’ve seen my children growing up.

This is the Club which saw me leave my home country for the first time and experience living away from Italy, being here with my wife, and everyone welcomed us to east London with open arms. That is why, whenever I talk about this Club, I feel so emotional.”

Manager David Moyes added: “I am pleased that Angelo has agreed a new contract with the Club. He is an important player for us, both on and off the pitch, and his experience and character has been extremely valuable for us during my time here. Angelo did really well to fight back from a serious injury at his age, and we look forward to working with him again next season.”

 

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