Cresswell’s new West Ham contract ends Liverpool talk

Date published: Tuesday 5th July 2016 1:57

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West Ham full-back and reported Liverpool target Aaron Cresswell has signed a one-year contract extension at Upton Park.

Cresswell joined the Hammers from Ipswich two years ago and has firmly established himself in the side during that time.

Liverpool were believed to be tracking the former Ipswich star and the interest from Anfield and Man City is believed to have forced the Hammers into discussing a fresh deal for the 26-year-old, who signed a five-year deal in July 2014.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic warned Liverpool off trying to sign the “improving” Cresswell back in April.

The Daily Mail claimed the Hammers were keen on extending the player’s stay to ward off interest from the Premier League’s big guns and he has now penned a 12-month extension just a year after he signed an improved five-year contract.

His extension will keep him at the club until 2021 and follows on from Michail Antonio penning a fresh deal on Monday as manager Slaven Bilic looks to tie down all of his key personnel to longer contracts.

“It’s great news for me,” the former Tranmere man told West Ham TV.

“I’ve been here for two years now and I’m looking forward to the next five seasons now that I’ve signed.

“Last season, especially with it being the last season at the Boleyn Ground, was pretty special, with the Manchester United game one which will live with me forever.

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“This season, we’re all looking forward to the new stadium that’s up and running now, the first game with Juventus, which is obviously going to be a fantastic day, and the season ahead.”

Last September the Sunday Mirror reported that Cresswell, Leeds United’s Charlie Taylor and Charlton’s Morgan Fox were on Manchester United’s shortlist for the January transfer window.

Antonio’s new contract means the winger, who signed from Nottingham Forest last summer, is committed to West Ham until 2020 with the club pushing to keep hold of their top talent while also bringing in fresh faces.

Dimtri Payet, the club’s current player of the year, signed a new deal in February to ward off interest from top European sides, with Bilic so far recruiting defensive midfielder Havard Nordtveit and winger Sofiane Feghouli ahead of the new season – West Ham’s first at the Olympic Stadium.

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