Monday 29 Jun
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Cresswell commits Hammers future

West Ham United are delighted to announce that Hammer of the Year Aaron Cresswell has penned a new five-year deal with the Club
West Ham United are delighted to announce that Hammer of the Year Aaron Cresswell has committed his long-term future to the Club, putting pen to paper on a new five-year contract. 

The new deal will extend the 25-year-old left-back’s stay in east London until 2020, with the option of a further two years.  

Cresswell, who joined from Ipswich Town last summer, played every minute of the Hammers’ 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign, amid repeated calls for his inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s England squad.  

His performances were such that he would go onto collect an awards treble in an outstanding first season in Claret and Blue, bagging Signing of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season and the coveted Hammer of the Year crown.  

Despite reportedly attracting interest from some of the Premier League’s biggest hitters, Cresswell was in no doubt where his future lay, keen to repay the faith shown in him by the Hammers hierarchy.   

“It's exciting times for me to pen a new deal at West Ham,” he told West Ham TV. “Thankfully last year was a good season for me personally to play every minute of every game, so it's nice to finally commit my future to West Ham. 

“I was at Ipswich 12 months ago and when West Ham came in for me there was only one place for me. 
I jumped straight in the car, down the A12 and signed for West Ham. So for me to play for a club like West Ham, week in week out, is massive and these are exciting times.  

“It's going to be a massive year for us, the last year at Upton Park. But it's exciting times going into one of the best stadiums in Europe, even in the world. It's going to be a good summer, hopefully a few more faces will come in and we’ll have a good year.” 
For me to play for a club like West Ham, week in week out, is massive and these are exciting times.
Though Cresswell is yet to meet new manager Slaven Bilic, he has already crossed paths with the newest recruit to the Croat’s training staff, the newly-appointed Julian Dicks. And as a fellow left-back, West Ham’s No3 is thrilled to bits.  

He continued: “It's a great appointment, especially with the fans, the fans love him as well, he's a fans' favourite from his time when he was here and I think he's going to be a good addition to the staff.” 

Andorran minnows FC Lusitans may be taken aback by the prospect of a full house on Thursday evening at the Boleyn Ground, but Cresswell reckons that level of support is par for the course with the Claret and Blue Army.     

With a ball still to be kicked, the Europa League has clearly captured the imagination and Cresswell says it bodes well for a spectacular final season at the Boleyn Ground. 

“It's the last year and it just shows you the passion from the fans, to sell 30,000 up to now for the game on Thursday,” he confirmed.  

“It's massive the Europa League, but it's the last year here, so hopefully we can make it a memorable one. 

“We've got to be looking, first and foremost, to finish in the top ten. We were so close this season and just had a sticky patch at the end of the season. Hopefully we can have a good start again and carry it straight through.”