Michail Antonio signs new Hammers deal

The former Nottingham Forest man has extended his stay with West Ham United.

Michail Antonio signs new Hammers deal
Michail Antonio in training for West Ham United. | Photo: West Ham United via Getty Images

West Ham United's Michail Antonio has signed a new four-year deal with the Hammers, keeping him at the club until 2020.

Delighted to sign on

Antonio emerged as one of the main stars in Slaven Bilic's side after his move from Championship side Nottingham Forest last summer.

The 26 year-old managed nine goals, including strikes against Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester United, and shared his delight at the new deal.

He told whufc.com: "I am delighted to have signed a new contract," adding that he is "happy" that the manager and the chairman have "showed their belief" in him with this new deal.

Antonio continued, saying: "I have always believed in my own ability," while he vowed to "take" any opportunities that come his way to shine further for the London-based outfit.

"I had to be patient when I first arrived," he said, but once he got the chance, he says he has "never looked back." Now, is hopeful to "push on and do even better" than last season.

Fight tooth and nail

‚ÄčOne West Ham player that has been catching the eye of the continent, is Dimitri Payet.

The Frenchman has been lighting up Euro 2016, having scored his third goal of the tournament in their 5-2 defeat of Iceland.

He also lit up the English top flight with the Hammers, which has seen him linked with the likes of Real Madrid and PSG, and co-chairman David Gold has admitted that they will find it difficult to fend off interest.

Above: West Ham United's Dimitri Payet celebrating his goal in France's 5-2 over Iceland | Photo: AFP/Getty Images
West Ham United's Dimitri Payet celebrating his goal in France's 5-2 over Iceland. | Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Gold told the Sun that the club will "fight tooth and nail" to keep the creative attacker on their books for the coming season. He says that West Ham "want to improve" the squad and "Dimitri is a integral part" of what they are "trying to do."

He concluded by saying that the team "also must be realistic" though as, "if Barcelona and Real Madrid made a bid" and "he wanted to move there," Gold admitted "it would be difficult to keep him."