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Sissoko extends Reds stay
28 Jun 2007 - 18:30:53
Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko has pledged his long-term future to the Anfield club by signing a new four-year contract.
The 22-year-old Mali international hardman joined Liverpool from Valencia in the summer of 2005 and has gone on to make 73 appearances for the Reds - despite a nasty eye injury hampering his progress.
Speculation had suggested that he might move on before the start of the new season, with Juventus rumoured to be interested in Sissoko, but he is delighted to have extended his contract until the summer of 2011.
He told the club's official website: "It was never in my thoughts to leave Liverpool.
"I read about the speculation linking me with other clubs, but I am already at a big club and it's an honour for me to be able to call myself a Liverpool player.
"I feel fresh and can't wait for the new season to start. I am injury-free and although I know I'll face a battle for a place in the team, as we have so many great midfielders, I'm prepared to fight for a position.
"It obviously gave me a huge boost to my confidence that the manager believes in me and wanted me to stay at the club. Now I want to repay him on the pitch."