Zenden extends Black Cats stay

Veteran Dutch midfielder Boudewijn Zenden has penned a new one-year contract to remain with Sunderland until the end of next season.

The 33-year-old made just two starts for the Black Cats during his first season at the Stadium of Light, having struggled for full fitness for much of the campaign.

Manager Steve Bruce told the club's official website:"I'm delighted Bolo has agreed to stay with us.

"He has played at the top level for a long time and has a wealth of experience which is so valuable both on and off the pitch.

"He has a great influence on his team-mates and that is vital when you're bringing through the promising young players that we are."

Zenden started his career in his homeland with PSV Eindhoven, before heading to Barcelona in the summer of 1998.

Three years later he moved to England to join Chelsea, while he also played in the Premier League with both Middlesbrough and Liverpool.

Before heading back to England he spent two seasons in France with Marseille, while on the international stage he won 54 caps for the Netherlands.

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