Winston Reid signs new six-year contract at West Ham

West Ham defender Winston Reid has signed a mammoth new six-year contract.

The 29-year-old New Zealand international has committed his future to the Hammers until 2023.

Reid, who joined West Ham from FC Midtjylland in 2010, told the club’s website:

“I’m very happy. “I’m pleased we’ve got it sorted so I’m obviously looking forward to the seasons ahead. It’s going to be a big amount of time I’ve spent at the club and I’m looking forward to it.

“I’ve been here a long time now. I think with the business we’ve done over this summer and the players we had here before, I think we can go on to have a good season and seasons ahead. It’s all about trying to get better.

“I enjoy being here and my family does as well so I’m very happy I’m able to stay here.”

Reid has so far made 204 appearances for West Ham and scored 10 goals.

Zinedine Zidane signs new three-year deal at Real Madrid

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has agreed a new three-year deal with the European and Spanish champions.

Zidane took over at Madrid after the departure of Rafael Benitez in January 2016, and he has already won the Champions League twice as well as the LaLiga crown last year.

He has also guided Madrid to the Club World Cup and two UEFA Super Cup wins, the last of which came earlier this week with victory over Manchester United.

The Frenchman confirmed on Saturday that he has agreed a new three-year deal with the Spanish and European champions, though he has seen up close the speed with which Madrid dispense with coaches who do not deliver.

“My story with Real Madrid is deeper than contracts and signatures,” Zidane said in a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup clash against Barcelona.

“I’m happy to be linked with the club. But the contract doesn’t mean anything. You can sign for 10, 20 years. I know where I am and what to do. In one year, maybe I won’t be here.

Real Madrid and I are not going to argue, never.”

Those successes add to those Zidane achieved as a player with Madrid, having won a league title, the Champions League, two Spanish Super Cups and the European Super Cup between 2001 and 2006.

By continuing to win as a coach, Zidane has further cemented his place in the club’s history.

“I’m very happy for the confidence Real Madrid shows in me,” he added. “I’m happy for working so well with my staff.

And the objectives are always the same: trying to win every single game and every single title. We are enjoying a lot our job.”

Phil Jagielka signs one-year contract extension at Everton

Everton captain Phil Jagielka has penned a one-year contract extension to keep him at Goodison Park until 2019.

The 34-year-old moved to Merseyside from Sheffield United a decade ago and has represented England on 40 occasions.

He had been linked with a transfer away this summer but boss Ronald Koeman is light on defenders due to long-term injuries to Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori.

Jagielka has now committed his future to the Toffees to give Koeman some relief, with the Merseyside club announcing the news on their official website on Wednesday evening.

It is 22 years since Everton last lifted some silverware but after an impressive summer recruitment drive that has seen them land the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford, Jagielka hopes he can finally win something at Goodison.

“The club is moving forward,” he told evertonfc.com.

“I do not think the transfer business is finished but it is good that we have got people in nice and early.

“For the chairman to offer me the extra year… hopefully I can play my role, whatever that might be.

First and foremost, I want to get myself in that team and do my bit on the pitch. “Realistically, winning a trophy is an aim this season, next season and into the future. We want to be competing for things.

“We have the European game (second leg of a Europa League qualifier against Ruzomberok) coming up, we want to get through that, then we will look forward to competing in four competitions this season and performing in every one.”

Koeman revealed Jagielka is held in high esteem in his dressing room, adding: “With his commitment to the club and more than 10 years of experience here at Everton, Phil is a natural captain and his continued level of fitness contributes also to him being a really important player for us.

“The fact that he has been an Everton player for a decade now underlines his character and why he is a player admired by many people, and also by the manager

Radja Nainggolan signs new four-year deal at Roma

Reported Chelsea and Manchester United target Radja Nainggolan has signed a new four-year contract with Roma.

The 29-year-old Belgian, who had been linked with a move to the Premier League, has committed to the Serie A club until June 30, 2021.

On Thursday he told asroma.com: “I’ve shown that I always wanted to do this. I’m happy to be here.”

Nainggolan moved to the Stadio Olimpico from Cagliari in January 2014 and has since made 161 appearances for the Giallorossi, scoring 27 goals.

“We are happy that Radja has agreed to spend the most important phase of his career with us,” said Roma president Jim Pallotta.

“Last season he proved he was one of the best midfielders in the world and so it was no surprise he was linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

“But there was never any chance he was going elsewhere, he loves Roma and we’re happy to have him here.”

Kurt Zouma joins Stoke City on a season-long loan after signing new six-year deal at Chelsea

Stoke City have officially announced the signing of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on a season-long loan.

The French international “completed a medical at Clayton Wood earlier this week before travelling back to West London to complete the necessary paperwork”, according to  stokecityfc.com.

Kurt Zouma has signed a new six-year contract with Chelsea and will spend the 2017/18 season on loan at Stoke.

Manager Mark Hughes said about the new signing: “Kurt is undoubtedly one of the most talented young defenders in the game, so naturally his arrival will enhance our playing squad for the forthcoming campaign.

“We have prioritised adding further strength in depth to defensive positions this summer, and we have certainly done that by fending off any number of clubs who were all interested in taking Kurt on loan.

“He first caught my attention as a 17-year-old during his time at St. Etienne, and in fact, I actually tried to sign him at that point in his career, but whilst that deal never materialised I am delighted to finally get the opportunity to work with him now.

“On his day he is one of the most impressive defenders in the league, and whilst injury unfortunately hampered his progress at Chelsea last season, we are certain that we can give him the platform to recapture the form he showed prior to his setback.”

Chief Executive Tony Scholes told  stokecityfc.com: “Kurt is a player that has many admirers within the game, and we are understandably delighted to have been able to bring him to the Club.”

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster signs new five-year deal 


Fraser Forster has signed a new five-year Southampton contract.

The England goalkeeper has committed his future until 2022, just 12 months after signing a previous five-year deal.

Forster joined Saints in 2014 and was the club’s sole ever-present Premier League player last season.

“I’m delighted,” he told the club website. “I have absolutely loved my time here at Southampton so far and when the opportunity came along to extend it I didn’t think twice about it.

“I think it’s a fantastic club to be at, with a really bright future, and the ambition shown at the club is one where they want to move it forward, so for me, it was a no-brainer.”

Vice-chairman Les Reed said: “We are extremely pleased to have strengthened our commitment with Fraser, who has been an integral part of our team over the past three seasons.”

Chelsea coach Antonio Conte signs new improved two-year deal

​Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has signed an improved two-year deal with the Premier League champions.

The new deal does not extend Conte’s commitment to the club, as he signed a three-year contract on his arrival in west Londonin the summer of 2016, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2019.

Conte said: “I am very happy to have signed a new contract with Chelsea. We worked extremely hard in our first year to achieve something amazing, which I am very proud of. Now we must work even harder to stay at the top.

“The Chelsea fans have given me so much support since I arrived here one year ago and it is important we continue to succeed together.”
The decision to sign a new contract without extending the terms runs counter to previous comments by Conte, who had indicated his willingness to commit to a longer deal.

Speaking in May,he said he wanted to stay with Chelsea “for many years”, adding: “If the club give me the possibility to stay and extend my contract, for sure I’m available to.”

Conte lifted the Premier League title at the first attempt in the 2016-17 season, winning 30 games, which included a club record 13 consecutive victories. He also guided the Blues to the FA Cup final, though they were beaten by Arsenal.

The former Juventus and Italy manager was credited for transforming the Stamford Bridge club’s fortunes after they could only finish 10th the previous season.

A brutal training regime was part of the transformation, as was his decision to switch to a three-man central-defensive set-up – his preferred tactic at both Juve and Italy.
Conte’s team has flown out to China and Singapore for pre-season games against Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “Antonio achieved incredible success last season, adapting to English football very quickly and leading us to the Premier League title.

“This new contract reflects our belief that he can continue to deliver results both domestically and as we return to European competition in the Champions League.”
Even if Antonio Conte’s improved contract is worth £9m a year as reported, it still leaves him trailing the league’s biggest earners, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
And when you consider that since 1991 only Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri lasted longer than three years in the job at Stamford Bridge, committing for an extended period seems a bit pointless.