Cresswell signs new deal

  • Aaron Cresswell has signed a one-year extension to his long-term contract
  • Liverpool-born left-back won Hammer of the Year award in his debut season
  • No3 has been a model of consistency since his summer 2014 arrival from Ipswich Town

Aaron Cresswell has signed a one-year extension to his long-term contract with West Ham United.

The 2015 Hammer of the Year kicked-off the new season by putting pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the Club until 2021.

The outstanding left-back has enjoyed two fantastically consistent campaigns in Claret and Blue and is now set to continue to impress at the London Stadium for the next five years.

“It’s great news for me,” Cresswell told West Ham TV from the Club’s pre-season training base in Seattle. “I’ve been here for two years now and I’m looking forward to the next five seasons now that I’ve signed.

“Last season, especially with it being the last season at the Boleyn Ground, was pretty special, with the Manchester United game one which will live with me forever.

“This season, we’re all looking forward to the new Stadium that’s up and running now, the first game with Juventus which is obviously going to be a fantastic day, and the season ahead.”
This season, we’re all looking forward to the new Stadium, the first game with Juventus and the season ahead
Cresswell and West Ham have two pre-season matches to contest in the United States before returning home and continuing the preparations for the big UEFA Europa League, Premier League and Betway Cup kick-offs at the end of July and start of August.

“We’re here to work hard, and we haven’t come to America for a holiday. We’ve had our holidays over the last few weeks and now is the time to prepare for the new season.

“We’ve got Chelsea away first game and then the first Premier League game at the new Stadium against Bournemouth, which we’re all looking forward to. I can’t wait.”

While 2015/16 was a success, Cresswell and the Hammers are determined to improve on their showings in both domestic and European competition.

Prior to that, they will continue to train at the superb facilities provided by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and take on the city’s MLS franchise, the Sounders, at CenturyLink Field on Tuesday evening.

“Last year in Europe it was hard with coming back very early and travelling, as we didn’t have much time to prepare and it was a new experience going to places like Andorra and Malta away.

“We’re more prepared this year for the European games and can’t wait for them. We’re definitely well-equipped. We’ve got some young players over here with us and there will be new players coming in and maybe some leaving. It’s exciting times.

“The facilities here are special and none of the lads have seen anything like them before. It’s great to see how the NFL players train and it’s fantastic to experience and use them for ourselves.

“I’ve never been away on tour to America before, so I’ve been looking at the Sounders’ stadium on the internet and it looks special – not as good as our new one, though!”