Allardyce delighted with new contract for van Aanholt

Sunderland's DeAndre Yedlin celebrates with Patrick van Aanholt after the game

The Sunderland full-back has signed a new four-year contract.

Sunderland's DeAndre Yedlin celebrates with Patrick van Aanholt after the gamevan Aanholt has signed a new four year deal with Sunderland

Sam Allardyce has expressed his delight at the news that Patrick van Aanholt has signed a new four-year contract at Sunderland, telling the club’s official website that the Dutchman is fantastic.

Van Aanholt has been an ever-present figure at Sunderland since arriving on Wearside two years ago, making the switch following six years on the books at Chelsea.

And he played a key role for Sunderland in their fight for Premier League survival last season, even adding what have proved to be vital goals to his game, a point picked up by Allardyce.

The Black Cats boss told the club’s official website that his performances were integral to why Sunderland were ultimately able to stave off relegation.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce acknowledges fans after the gameSam Allardyce is delighted that van Aanholt has committed his future to Sunderland

Norwich's Andre Wisdom in action with Sunderland's Patrick van Aanholtvan Aanholt has been ever-present for Sunderland since arriving on Wearside

“Patrick was an outstanding performer last season, contributing not only solid defensive performances, but also assists and vital goals," he said.

“It is fantastic to be able to secure the long-term services of such a talented footballer and athlete, who will hopefully continue to improve here for many years to come.”

The Dutch full-back only featured eight times during his time at Chelsea, having been shipped out on loan to numerous clubs including Vitesse Arnheim and Sunderland’s rivals Newcastle United.

Patrick van Aanholt celebrates scoring the first goal for Sunderland with DeAndre YedlinPatrick van Aanholt has scored some key goals for Sunderland this season

However, he has since become a part of the furniture at the Stadium of Light, having made 57 appearances to date, scoring five goals, four of which were during this past campaign.

His performances this past season have even seen him earn his first call-up for the Dutch national side back in March, and he has now represented his country six times to date.

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