By Tom Blackburn
Michail Antonio has signed a contract extension with West Ham that will keep him at the club until 2020, it was confirmed on Monday.
The right winger, who also plays at right-back, moved to East London from Nottingham Forest last summer and forced his way into the first team during the second half of the season.
West Ham announced on their official website that the 26-year-old has penned an improved four-year deal as a reward for his form in 2015-16.
Antonio is hopeful his role at the club will grow as they move to the Olympic Stadium.
“I am delighted to have signed a new contract,” the Englishman told the West Ham website. “I am happy that the manager and the chairman have showed their belief in me to give me a new deal.
“I have always believed in my own ability and when I am given the opportunity I will take it and hopefully I have showed that.
“I had to be patient when I first arrived, but once I got the chance I never looked back and hopefully I can now push on and do even better than what I did last season.”
He joined for £8million last summer and eight Premier League goals in 26 appearance led to many fans calling for Roy Hodgson to call him up to England’s Euro 2016 squad, but the manager went for Kyle Walker and Nathaniel Clyne as his right backs.
Antonio isn’t currently with the rest of the West Ham squad in the United States because he is training at the club’s base in Chadwell Heath as the birth of his third child is imminent.
In other West Ham news, Barcelona have given them and Liverpool a verdict after registering interest in their ace.