Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has extended his current deal with the club until June 2018.
Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has ended any immediate speculation surrounding his future by signing a fresh three-and-a-half year contract with the club.
The striker’s previous deal, which featured a reported buyout clause of around £20 million, was due to expire at the end of the 2016-17 season, with manager Garry Monk delighted by his commitment to the Swans.
“When we talk about the future and progressing it can’t be just talk – there has to be commitment from myself, the players and the club," he told the club's official website.
“Bony has bought into the direction the club wants to take. He is a big player for us so to tie down his future is fantastic news for everyone connected with the club.
“I’m sure the fans will be more than happy with the extension. For them to see a big player, who they have a lot of affection for, tie down his future with their club is something they will thoroughly enjoy hearing about.”
Signed from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in July 2013 for around £12 million, Bony struck 25 goals in 48 total appearances in his first season at the Liberty Stadium, with his excellent form alerting the interest of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur over the summer.
With transfer rumours following him into the new campaign, the 25-year-old Ivory Coast international expressed his desire to play Champions League football only last week, but it now appears as though he will attempt to do so with his current club for the moment.
While Swansea never officially acknowledged the existence of his previously mentioned release clause, it is also widely thought that the new agreement has either altered or removed it entirely from his deal.