West Ham United midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate admits sleepless nights before finally signing contract extension

The Senegal international recently signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2021.

West Ham United recently agreed a new contract with their midfield star Cheikhou Kouyate. The Senegalese international signed a contract extension earlier this month which sees him contracted at the club until the end of the 2021 season.

This is a bumper deal for the player, who has become a firm fan favourite in the West Ham team since making his move from Anderlecht in the summer of 2014.

He has been speaking about signing the new deal this week. Kouyate is currently on international duty with Senegal and he spoke to sen360 about his new deal.

He insisted he had earned the deal but admitted it was a tough decision to commit himself to such a long-term deal at one club:

"I did not steal it anyway

“It was difficult.

“I called a lot of people, my agent, my mother and other people. And I lost sleep during the five days preceding the signing of my last contract.

"But it is deserved.”

Kouyate has certainly earned the new deal and you can understand why he might have decided to remain with the club.

West Ham are having a tremendous season and remain in with a shout of Champions League qualification.

The club are also moving into the Olympic Stadium this summer and West Ham are certainly looking like they are on the rise.

Kouyate will now hope to be a part of that progress.

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