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Snodgrass signs new West Ham deal

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Robert Snodgrass has signed a new contract at West Ham United until 2021, the club have confirmed.

What’s the word?

The Scotland international has signed a one-year extension after a season in which he rebuilt his reputation at the Hammers.

Snodgrass made a total of 38 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals and registering nine assists; the 31-year-old missed just five games in the Premier League.

It is a remarkable turnaround for the versatile midfielder, who can play in the middle and on both flanks, as he spent the 2017-18 season on loan at Aston Villa.

And he has expressed his delight at penning a new deal, which contains an option for the Hammers to extend it by a further year.

He said: “I’m delighted to commit my future to this great club. Sometimes you get a chance to play for that one club that’s special, going through that special time, and I believe at this moment that’s West Ham.

“We’re trying our best to keep progressing and keep moving forward.”

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A reward for his loyalty

Snodgrass could well have left the club last summer.

Having spent the season on loan at Villa, it appeared that he was expendable at the London Stadium.

But under Pellegrini, he has been reborn and has become a trusted lieutenant of the former Manchester City boss.

Having a player of Snodgrass’ experience at the club can only be a good thing, particularly with the likes of Declan Rice and Grady Diangana improving with every game.

That the former Hull City star has stuck around, knuckled down and become a key member of the squad is a testament to his mentality.

He deserves this deal and he will surely enjoy another solid season at the club.

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