The defender signed a new and improved deal at Sunderland this week.
Patrick van Aanholt celebrates scoring the first goal for Sunderland with DeAndre Yedlin
Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt has outlined to the Chronicle the three reasons that made him sign a new deal at the club.
The Dutch defender signed an extension to his previous deal this week, which was due to run until 2018, agreeing to stay at the Stadium of Light until 2020 at the latest.
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat
The new deal marks a vast turnaround for Van Aanholt, who had initially struggled for his best form under former manager Dick Advocaat.
However, he improved drastically when Sam Allardyce took charge, becoming a key player as they avoided relegation to the Championship with just a game to spare.
And when asked what made him agree to the extension, he says that several factors all played their part.
“I’m very pleased, very happy that I can be part of the Sunderland family,” he told the Chronicle.
“What made me want to stay? Everything, you know, the club, the stadium, the fans. I just like being here, I enjoy playing football for Sunderland and I want to stay here for a long time.”
Sunderland's DeAndre Yedlin celebrates with Patrick van Aanholt after the game
Van Aanholt will now be hoping that he can continue to play a big part at the club as they look to push on under Allardyce’s guidance.
They are keen to avoid another relegation battle next season, with that having become the norm for the club over the last few years.
Allardyce is likely to rework his squad this summer as a result, but it seems Van Aanholt will have a big role to play under him.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce