Angelo Ogbonna commits future to West Ham with new long-term contract

Italy international Angelo Ogbonna has signed a new five-year deal at West Ham, the Premier League side announced on Friday.

Ogbonna, 29, missed almost the entire second half of last season having undergone knee surgery in January, returning only for the Hammers' final Premier League game of the campaign in a 2-1 win at Burnley.

The defender has now signed a fresh contract to keep him at the London Stadium until 2022, having originally signed from Juventus in 2015.

"I'm really grateful for this new deal," he told the club's official website. "Our position last year was quite high and we are looking forward to improving next season.

"My target is that I can't wait to get back playing. I think we have a long season ahead and for me my target is to be better than last season. We finished in 11th position but very close to eighth position and we know we can do better than what we did last year.

"I am excited to show my quality on the pitch and the support is always amazing, even when I had my injury. We have got lots of experience in the team at the moment, which is very good ...

"The fans are really important for us. I cannot compare our fans with other fans because we are West Ham, we are more than a club and we are a family.

"For us it's important, even in this new stadium, that we have people behind us. It makes things much better for us.

"I'm very excited [for the start of the season]. I cannot wait for the Manchester United game, not just me but also our whole team. Everyone wants to show themselves but we have to be focused and prepare for that game by working hard in preseason."