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Lionel Messi signs new contract with Barcelona until 2018

Messi follows example of Xavi and Puyol by committing to Barcelona until 2018

PUBLISHED:

16:27 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:17 GMT, 7 February 2013

Lionel Messi has signed his two-year contract extension with Barcelona.

The Argentina superstar put pen to paper on his new deal at the Nou Camp this afternoon and is now tied to the Catalan giants until June 30, 2018.

Messi follows in the footsteps of fellow club stalwarts Xavi and Carles Puyol, both of whom signed their extensions last month.

Pen to paper: The four-time Ballon d'Or winner signed a new deal with Barcelona this afternoon

Pen to paper: The four-time Ballon d'Or winner signed a new deal with Barcelona this afternoon

Job done: Barcelona's president Sandro Rosell shakes hands with the Argentina international after he pledged his future to the Catalan club until 2018

Job done: Barcelona's president Sandro Rosell shakes hands with the Argentina international after he pledged his future to the Catalan club until 2018

Barca announced in December they had agreed new contracts with the trio.

It's
little wonder Barcelona are keen to tie down Messi's future for as long
as possible – the Argentina international has scored 45 goals in 34
appearances this season so far.

And that comes off the back of an incredible 91 goals during the 2012 calendar year.

Lionel Messi arrives at the Camp Nou Stadium to sign a new contract lasting until 2018

Lionel Messi arrives at the Camp Nou Stadium to sign a new contract with Barcelona

Sign on the dotted line: Messi arrives at the Camp Nou Stadium this afternoon to sign a new two-year contract extension with Barcelona, which will see him through until 2018. While Messi may again be surging ahead in the goalscoring charts, he is hardly inspiring many with his choice of jacket.

Lionel Messi arrives at the Camp Nou Stadium to sign his new two-year contract extension

Lionel Messi arrives at the Camp Nou Stadium to sign his new two-year contract extension

The news was welcomed by Messi's teammate Jordi Alba, who said: 'I can't imagine what Messi will be like in 2018, but it's great news for Barca fans that he's staying.

'He is the best player in the world and as long as nothing happens, he'll be the best ever. We'll try to make him feel as comfortable here as we can.'

Dotty: Messi wore an eye-catching tuxedo to pick up his latest Ballon D'Or award last month

Dotty: Messi wore an eye-catching tuxedo to pick up his latest Ballon D'Or award last month

Golden balls: Lionel Messi with his FIFA Ballon D'Or collection. He's won the accolade, for the best player in world football, for the last four years

Golden balls: Lionel Messi with his FIFA Ballon D'Or collection. He's won the accolade, for the best player in world football, for the last four years

The former Valencia player added: 'I was once unlucky enough to have to face him as an opponent, but now I'm here I'm delighted to have him as a teammate.

'I have never seen anybody capable of doing the things he can do.'

Messi, 25, came up through the youth ranks at Barca before making his competitive debut against Espanyol in 2004 at the age of 17.

Since then he has established himself as one of the best players in history, breaking numerous records in the process.

Delighted: Messi's teammate Jordi Alba (right) was pleased with news of the new contract

Delighted: Messi's teammate Jordi Alba (right) was pleased with news of the new contract

He won his fourth straight FIFA World Player of the Year award last month following a remarkable 2012 in which he scored 91 goals – smashing the world record of 85 in a calendar year set by Bayern Munich and West Germany striker Gerd Muller in 1972.

While setting that record, Messi became the first man to score five times in a Champions League game as Barca crushed Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 last March.

Three weeks after that he became Barca's all-time leading goalscorer after a brace against Granada moved him on to 233 official goals, one more than the previous record set by Cesar Rodriguez during the 1940s and 50s.

Familiar: The sight of Lionel Messi celebrating another goal for Barcelona has become a familiar one - he scored an all-time record 91 goals in the 2012 calendar year

Familiar: The sight of Lionel Messi celebrating another goal for Barcelona has become a familiar one – he scored an all-time record 91 goals in the 2012 calendar year

He has been in similarly stunning form in 2013 and his goal in Sunday's 1-1 draw at Valencia was a league-record 12th consecutive game in which he found the net.

During his time at the Nou Camp, Messi has also helped Barca win a host of silverware, including five Primera Division titles, three Champions Leagues, two Copa del Rey crowns and two FIFA Club World Cups.

Theo Walcott will sign new Arsenal contract and snub Manchester United

EXCLUSIVE: Walcott set to snub Man United and commit his future to Arsenal with new deal

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

15:19 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:27 GMT, 8 January 2013

Manchester United are ready to give up on their pursuit of Theo Walcott with the Arsenal winger set to sign a new contract at the club by the end of the week.

The Walcott saga has been the latest contract row to envelope the club in recent seasons and Sir Alex Ferguson was keen to bring the 23-year-old to Old Trafford after he refused to sign a new deal at the Emirates before Christmas.

The frontman turned down one offer of a new deal – reported to be worth 75,000 a week – in the summer and failed to reach an agreement as the player looked for terms closer to 100,000.

Pen to paper: Theo Walcott is poised to commit to Arsenal

Pen to paper: Theo Walcott is poised to commit to Arsenal

But Arsene Wenger has finally reached a
compromise with a player he cannot afford to lose and Walcott is set to
put pen to paper by the time Arsenal face Manchester City on Sunday.

Walcott is the club’s top scorer this
term with 14 goals across all competitions for Arsenal so far this
season, already his best total in a single campaign since moving to the
north London club from Southampton in 2006.

He is also Arsenal’s top
scorer in the Barclays Premier League with eight goals.

Walcott wants to operate as a central striker and has recently proved his worth in that position.

No thanks: Walcott will snub Manchester United and stay at the Emirates

No thanks: Walcott will snub Manchester United and stay at the Emirates

‘He definitely has all the attributes to play up front,’ said team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Walcott recently.

‘The goals are coming. He has proven he can do a really good job for us up there.

‘For someone with his pace it’s hard
for anyone to defend against and when he gets the service he can always
punish teams so he’s doing really well.'

Wesley Sneijder plays down Liverpool move

Sneijder plays down 9.5m move to Liverpool as Inter Milan midfielder eyes January exit

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UPDATED:

14:31 GMT, 31 December 2012

Unsettled Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has moved to dampen speculation linking him with a January move to Liverpool.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Sunday that the Reds had made a 9.5million offer for the Dutchman.

Sneijder has been left feeling isolated at the San Siro after snubbing a suggested annual pay cut of 1.6million and then being dropped from the first-team.

On the move: Inter Milan's Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder is heading for the exit in the January transfer window

On the move: Inter Milan's Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder is heading for the exit in the January transfer window

But he denied there was any foundation in the story linking him to an Anfield switch when asked about it on Monday, telling a press conference: ‘Again, no truth’.

The 28-year old – who has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham – reacted furiously to Inter’s proposed salary cut and demanded a move, putting the pressure on the Serie A outfit to sell him for close to the same 15million euro fee they paid Real Madrid in 2009.

Red alert: How Sneijder would look in Liverpool coloursRed alert: How Sneijder would look in Liverpool colours

Red alert: How Sneijder would look in Liverpool colours

‘Clearly it’s best for everyone concerned that in January I am transferred,’ he said defiantly. ‘If that doesn’t happen then I will stay. I have a contract with Inter until 2015.’

Manager Andrea Stramaccioni has since dropped Sneijder from the squad over the bitter dispute.

His wage bill is currently 200,000 per week and Inter will be relieved to offload the financial burden. Liverpool’s coffers, however, are unlikely to be able to stretch to such levels.

Talk of a move to Spurs for the Holland international cooled when his agent told Dutch paper Algemeen Dagblad:

‘There is nothing, absolutely nothing true about that.’

United are also thought to be weighing up a January bid for the former Ajax man.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar signs new Schalke 04 deal leaving Arsenal frustrated

Blow for Arsenal as prime target Huntelaar pens new Schalke deal

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UPDATED:

11:10 GMT, 23 December 2012

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has disappointed Arsene Wenger by putting pen to paper on a new Schalke 04 contract.

The target-man was high on the Arsenal manager's Christmas wish-list but signed a two year extension which ties him to the club until June 2015.

The 29-year-old said: 'I have thought long and hard about this decision and I am very grateful to my managers at Schalke 04, who have have given me this time.

I'm here for this long: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will not be moving to Arsenal

I'm here for this long: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will not be moving to Arsenal

'But now I have made ​​the decision, in which I have the best feeling. I've always felt comfortable at Schalke, the club and its fans.

'I now want to put a positive sign, because I believe in our team and the fact that we are in the second round in the Bundesliga is a great prize. And we are in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Galatasaray.'

The striker moved to Germany from AC Milan in August 2010 and after scoring an average eight goals in the Bundesliga in his first year there, he hit 29 last season and was the top scorer.

This season he has 11 goals in 25 games for club and country and Arsenal were hoping he would continue in that fashion at the Emirates.

With just Olivier Giroud as an out-and-out striker – as well as Theo Walcott asking to play in the role – Arsenal could do with some back up.

Lukas Podolski seems more comfortable playing from a wider position while the misfiring Marouane Chamakh is not a serious option and is heading for the exit.

Not good enough: Marouane Chamakh is heading for the Emirates exit

Not good enough: Marouane Chamakh is heading for the Emirates exit

Alex Cuthbert signs new contract at Cardiff Blues

Wales wing Cuthbert rejects French overtures to sign new three-year deal at Cardiff Blues

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UPDATED:

09:26 GMT, 20 December 2012

Wing wizard: Cuthbert has put pen to paper

Wing wizard: Cuthbert has put pen to paper

Wales wing Alex Cuthbert has resisted the temptation of joining several of his international team-mates in France by signing a new three-year contract with Cardiff Blues.

Cuthbert, a star performer in the Test match arena this year, has bucked the trend of top Wales players moving to France, with Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate both set to join the exodus next season.

Mike Phillips, Gethin Jenkins, James Hook and Luke Charteris already play in the French Top 14, while prop Paul James is in his first season at Aviva Premiership club Bath.

'I had a lot of decisions to make, but I am glad I've got it sorted and this is the place I want to be to take my rugby career forward,' Cuthbert, 22, said.

'I did have some good offers from other clubs, but I wanted to stay with the Blues.

Dragon: Cuthbert has scored five tries in 13 Tests for Wales

Dragon: Cuthbert has scored five tries in 13 Tests for Wales

'I've certainly seen the progress on the pitch, although we may not be getting the results right now. We are just losing by narrow margins, and you can tell it's coming.

'Hopefully, we will get some quality players in next season and those close losses will turn into wins for us.'

Cuthbert scored tries against Scotland, Italy and France during last season's RBS 6 Nations title and Grand Slam-winning campaign, and he transferred that form into the recent autumn Tests, claiming a try against New Zealand.

Room for improvement: Cuthbert is only 22

Room for improvement: Cuthbert is only 22

Blues rugby director Phil Davies said: 'Alex is 22. He has a fantastic future ahead of him, not just at the Blues but in the game in general. He is a vital part of our squad.

'Alex is a great try-scorer, but he is still young and developing all the time.

'His work-rate is phenomenal and his defence and reading of the game is improving considerably. Hopefully, he will get better and better over the next three years.'

Harry Redknapp says QPR players have not been good enough

It's the players' fault we're in trouble! Redknapp defends sacked Hughes after taking charge at QPR

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UPDATED:

15:28 GMT, 24 November 2012

Harry Redknapp has told the QPR players they are to blame for their current predicament.

Redknapp, as revealed by Sportsmail, was brought in to replace Mark Hughes after the Welshman was sacked on Friday.

Hughes walked out in disgust when he was
asked to take charge of Saturday’s game at former side Manchester
United but told he would then be dismissed whatever the result.

First look: Harry Redknapp takes his seat at Old Trafford to watch QPR against Manchester United

First look: Harry Redknapp takes his seat at Old Trafford to watch QPR against Manchester United

Centre of attention: Harry Redknapp is in Manchester to watch his new side face United

Centre of attention: Harry Redknapp is in Manchester to watch his new side face United

Redknapp has now has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal worth 3million a year.

He inherits a squad without a Barclays Premier League win all season and one which is subsequently rooted to the bottom of the table and firmly entrenched in a relegation battle.

But Redknapp is not blaming Hughes for the problems and has told his new charges they need to look at themselves.

Ready for a fresh challenge: Harry Redknapp arriving home on Friday

Ready for a fresh challenge: Harry Redknapp arriving home on Friday

Watching brief: Club shareholder Kamarudin Meranun (left) and QPR chief executive Phil Beard (second left) watch QPR's Stephane Mbia train after boss Mark Hughes was sacked

Watching brief: Club shareholder Kamarudin Meranun (left) and QPR chief executive Phil Beard (second left) watch QPR's Stephane Mbia train after boss Mark Hughes was sacked

'The players have not performed to their potential,' he told Sky Sports News.

'They had a good manager in Mark
Hughes but for whatever reason it did not work out. We now have to
produce in the last two thirds of the season to try and get out of
trouble.'

Redknapp will watch today's meeting at Old Trafford but will not take the team until Tuesday's game at Sunderland.

Fury: Fans turned on Hughes following the defeat to Southampton at home, his final game before being sacked

Fury: Fans turned on Hughes following the defeat to Southampton at home, his final game before being sacked

WITH HARRY THERE'S HOPE

QPR
are the only team out of 92 league clubs yet to win a match this
season. But Harry has performed miracles before. When he took over from
Juande Ramos at Tottenham the team had only two points and his only
brief was to stop them slipping them into the Championship. He managed
to finish in eighth place that very season, and took Tottenham to the
Champions League two years later.

'We need a better performance today,'
he added. 'The players have to be at it. The buck stops with them. I
know Mark lost his job, but it's down to the players. He could only do
what he could do. The players have not performed to their potential.

'There are some good players here and
they really need to step up and start performing. They are man enough
to know they're to blame for the position we are in.

‘I’m looking
forward to it. It’s a big challenge and a tough job to take on but I’m
up for the challenge.

'I'm delighted to be back in the managerial hot-seat at QPR.

'When I spoke to the shareholders and they told me about their plans I knew this was too good an opportunity to turn down.

'There's
no doubt there's a lot of ability in the squad, but for one reason or
another things haven't gone as well as everyone expected since the start
of the season.

'I can't wait to get to work and get the results necessary to kick-start our season.'

On the ground: Beard watches training as shareholder Kamarudin Meranun (right) shares a joke with a QPR staff member

On the ground: Beard watches training as shareholder Kamarudin Meranun (right) shares a joke with a QPR staff member

A positive result appears unlikely
today but regardless of whether QPR win or not, Redknapp is taking over a
side in firm danger of returning to the Championship.

'We can't get any lower,' he said. 'We
are rock bottom. We have to try and get up that table. I remember when I
was at Portsmouth and we stayed up with a game to go at Wigan – it was
the most fantastic feeling.'

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said: 'Harry
was our number one target, the unanimous choice of the board and we're
delighted we've been able to attract him to the club.

Harry Redknapp photographed in Mayfair

Mark Bowen

The boss men: Redknapp (left) will take charge on Sunday, while Bowen
(right) will be in charge of the QPR team for the trip to Manchester
United

On the brink: Hughes took QPR training this week before being axed on Friday morning

On the brink: Hughes took QPR training this week before being axed on Friday morning

FERNANDES TWEETS OF SUPPORT

Cracked: Tony Fernandes wanted to keep hold of Hughes, but finally snapped

OCTOBER 21 (QPR 1-1 Everton)
'Stop wasting your time and energy
on negative tweets. QPR needs time and stability. We have great squad
great manager great ceo. Takes time and a bit of luck.'

OCTOBER 29 (two days after Arsenal 1-0 QPR)
'I
honestly believe we have one of the best managers in the premier
league. And we are in for the long term. Whatever happens. We love QPR.
Ill be there at reading so rangers fans ill be available to meet and
chat. Trust me on this one. Keep the faith. Stability is the key.'

'Completely
right. Mark has my backing and the shareholders. We need a little luck
and no injuries. What’s written in the press is all rubbish. RT
@wayneoeyers: @tonyfernandes we must stick with Hughes. We haven’t been
playing poorly. The club needs stability, manager change would be
suicide!'

NOVEMBER 4 (QPR 1-1 Reading)
'We are doing
our best. Keep the faith. Need to get behind the team now. Positive
energy is what we need. RT @martingreen_qpr: Message to the entire QPR
team, staff, manager and **** head @tonyfernandes. Please don’t **** up
another one of my weekends.'

'A game of 2 halves. Players getting
used to premier league and different type of teams. Keep calm we will
come good. Plenty of time. Many opps to win the game. I’m calm. Won’t
please everyone. But as I keep saying stability is key.'

NOVEMBER 10 (Stoke 1-0 QPR)
'We
got to cut out errors. One error cost us and we got to take our
chances. Team played as planned. Must win next win. No panic. Table is
compressed. Defense was awful now fairly solid. Midfield strong. Got to
score now.'

'Keep the faith. Panic is not what the doc ordered.'

NOVEMBER 16
'Won’t
be happening. For the one millionth time. Hahaha. Stability. RT
@timnmcollins: @Jeffro_QPR @tonyfernandes @lieyaM_M Maybe you can
practice the “You’re fired” line on Mark Hughes #QPR'

NOVEMBER 17 (QPR 1-3 Southampton)
'I
feel gutted. I have put my heart and soul into this with my other
shareholders. And done all we can to give support to players and all
management. I can only apologise to the QPR fans. we keep fighting.'

'Let
me tell you Fans come first. Everyone including me let the fans down.
Many of us need a hard look at themselves. QPR has amazing fans. They
deserve better.'

AFTER HUGHES' SACKING…

NOVEMBER 23
'Though we have a change the long term vision of the club remains and much good work has already been done and will continue.'

NOVEMBER 23
'This is a club where the chairman and shareholders look at all things in a long term view. But also take the views of the fans who are the most important constituents of the club. To us fans come first.'

'His man-management skills are second
to none and we are confident he is the right man to lead us away from
the bottom of the table.'

Hughes, 49, was ready to start Friday’s training session when chief executive Philip Beard arrived at the
club’s west London complex with shareholder Kamarudin Merarun.

Sportsmail revealed on Monday how the
majority of the club’s hierarchy wanted Hughes sacked and we predicted
he would be gone before the weekend.

The Welshman had become so infuriated with external speculation over his position that he challenged Beard on the issue.

That’s when Hughes was given the
chance to take charge of QPR for the match against United but told he
would be sacked afterwards.

The manager declined the offer before leaving the training ground.

Hughes’s advisers thrashed out a severance package on Friday night on the 19 months left on a 3m-a-year deal.

His assistants, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, took training and will be in charge of the team at Old Trafford.

The news did not come as a major shock to the squad — Hughes’s future had been openly discussed.

Certain players are believed to have been consulted over the manager’s sacking and the appointment of Redknapp.

In addition to his salary, Redknapp will land a survival bonus of around 1m if he keeps the club up.

Redknapp admitted on Football Focus he was interested in coaching Ukraine and it was the eastern Europeans' public courting of the man they wanted three days a week on a 3m deal that triggered QPR’s sacking of Hughes, fearing they could miss out on
their top target.

All eyes will now be on the January
transfer market to see who, if anyone, Redknapp opts to bring in to a
club which had a high turnover of players under Hughes in the summer.

Michael Dawson, Redknapp's former
captain at Tottenham, has been mentioned, but Redknapp would only say:
“I have not discussed the money (for players) situation.

'I didn't say I wanted money to
spend. There are some good players here and we need to get them
performing so come January we might not need too much.'

One player who will not be wearing a
hooped shirt this season, though, is midfielder Joey Barton who is on
loan to French club Marseille after a falling out with Hughes.

'Joey is out on loan for the season so he can`t come back anyway,' Redknapp said.

'He has a proven track record in the
Premier League and has all the characteristics we were looking for to
get us out of the current situation we find ourselves in.

DATE'S FOR HARRY'S DIARY

Harry Redknapp will face his old club Tottenham for the first time as QPR manager on Monday, January 14 at 8pm.

Happy New Year, Harry.

BEFORE THAT…

Man Utd (away) tomorrow, Sunderland (away) Tuesday, Aston Villa (home) Sat, Dec 1

Wigan (away) Sat, Dec 8, Fulham (home) Sat, Dec 15, Newcastle (away) Sat, Dec 22

James McFadden joins Sunderland

Sunderland snap-up former Scotland striker McFadden on a free

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UPDATED:

09:55 GMT, 26 October 2012

New start: Former Scotland international James McFadden has joined Sunderland

New start: Former Scotland international James McFadden has joined Sunderland

Free agent James McFadden has completed his move to Sunderland on a short-term contract.

Manager Martin O'Neill revealed on Thursday that the 29-year-old former Scotland international would put pen to paper within 24 hours, and the Black Cats have confirmed he has now done that as the attempts to rekindle his career.

Free agent McFadden spent six months at Everton last season after being released by Birmingham.

He will spend the next three months on Wearside as O'Neill assesses whether or not he can return to the form which brought him 48 senior caps.

Ashley Williams signs new three-year Swansea deal

Wales defender Williams puts pen to paper on new three-year Swansea deal

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UPDATED:

16:45 GMT, 23 October 2012

Ashley Williams has committed his future to Swansea City by signing a new three-year contract.

The Wales defender, who only signed a three-year deal 12 months ago, was linked with moves to Liverpool and Newcastle in the summer.

New deal: Ashley Williams has signed a new three year contract at Swansea

New deal: Ashley Williams has signed a new three year contract at Swansea

'I'm delighted to get it signed,' said Williams.

'It's dragged on a bit, but I'm happy to finally sign and be part of this team.

'I’m enjoying it here. It's a great place to be at the moment.'

Luis Suarez is a cheat, says Laurent Koscielny

Suarez is a cheat! Arsenal defender Koscielny lays into Liverpool striker

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UPDATED:

11:05 GMT, 15 October 2012

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has branded Luis Suarez a cheat.

Suarez has been criticised for his antics on the pitch since joining Liverpool and Stoke boss Tony Pulis took aim at the Uruguayan after a goalless draw at Anfield earlier this month.

Going down: Luis Suarez (centre) has been slated for diving

Going down: Luis Suarez (centre) has been slated for diving

The Reds striker tried to win a
penalty by going to ground too easily and FIFA vice president Jim Boyce
was also quick to condemn him.

Now Koscielny has weighed in, telling French sports paper L'Equipe, 'Who is the forward I hate to face Suarez.

'Last season I didn't feel too well. It was a match at 12.30 and I don't like that schedule.

'He is tiresome to defend against. He cheats. He pulls your shirt, giving small blows.

No nonsense: Laurent Koscielny (right) accused Suarez of cheating

No nonsense: Laurent Koscielny (right) accused Suarez of cheating

'You always want to give him a kick but you have to be careful not to be red carded.

'For example on September 2 against Liverpool, it was the case with Luis Suarez.

'He is a player who likes to dive as soon as there is contact. During a challenge we jostled a bit with each other and he fell.

'He started to talk to me in English, to say it was a penalty.'

Daniel Agger signs new Liverpool contract

Liverpool tie down star defender Agger to see off interest from Man City

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UPDATED:

15:26 GMT, 5 October 2012

Liverpool have confirmed that defender Daniel Agger has signed a new contract with the club.

Agger attracted interest from Manchester City and Barcelona this summer before revealing that he was not interested in leaving Anfield and would be looking to sign an extended contract under new manager Brendan Rodgers.

The 27-year-old Dane has made 177 appearances since signing from Brondby in 2006 and spoke of his delight about signing the extension, the length of which was not revealed.

New deal: Agger puts pen to paper at Anfield on Friday

New deal: Agger puts pen to paper at Anfield on Friday

New deal: Agger puts pen to paper at Anfield on Friday

'It means everything to me. This is where I want to be and I'm happy the club want me. I am really happy right now. I've never wanted to go anywhere else,' he told the club's official website, liverpoolfc.com.

'I feel I am a part of this club – and I want to be a part of this club in the future.

Solid start: Agger had impressed this season before getting injured against Man United

Solid start: Agger had impressed this season before getting injured against Man United

Solid start: Agger had impressed this season before getting injured against Man United

'I like the way it is going right now with the style we're playing, and hopefully the results will come soon as well.

'The support from the fans has been unbelievable. The game when they were singing all the songs about me, it was difficult to focus on the game! It was such a good experience for me and I'd never experienced anything like it before.

Back in action: Agger returned against Norwich last week

Back in action: Agger returned against Norwich last week

Back in action: Agger returned against Norwich last week

'That is why I am so happy here. That for me is Liverpool Football Club.

'I feel I belong here and as long as the manager and the owners want me, I'll be here.'