By Amir Mir 

West Ham ace Michail Antonio has admitted that the pleasing aspect of signing a new contract with the club was that he was able to get the deal done before the summer.

The 27-year-old extended his stay at the London Stadium by four years in May following a number of impressive performances.

The versatile attacker, who has played on either wing, at right back and up front for the club, joined the Hammers during the summer of 2015.

He was snapped up by the London outfit for a fee of £8million after he agreed to move from Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Since then, he has excelled under the stewardship of Slaven Bilic as Antonio explained how signing a new deal will help him ahead of the forthcoming Premier League campaign.

“It was pleasing to get the deal done before the summer started,” Antonio told the Evening Standard.

“The contract talks went on for a long time and it can be quite distracting, so I’m looking forward to going out next season and playing with a free mind.”

During the recently concluded season, Antonio played 37 matches in all competitions for his side, scoring nine goals and supplying five assists.

At the start of April, his season was cut short when a hamstring injury resulted in him missing his side’s final six matches of the campaign.

Nonetheless, after his team recorded a disappointing bottom half finish last term, Antonio will be hoping to fire his team to a European place during the 2017/18 season.

Bilic’s side will open their campaign with a tough encounter against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Old Trafford.

In other West Ham news, the club are keen to sign this 22-year-old centre-back from their London rivals. 

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