West Ham midfielder Scott Parker has signed a new contract which commits him to the Upton Park club until the summer of 2013.
The England midfielder, who put pen to paper on the new deal on Friday, told he club's official website, www.whufc.co.uk: "I am very happy, pleased and excited - especially after all the speculation in the transfer window - that I can now put that to rest and sign a new long-term contract.
"In the last few weeks, the way the club is going and the direction that the manager and the board want to go is something I want to follow."
The former Charlton, Chelsea and Newcastle player continued: "By signing my new contract, it says that I want to do this as well.
"It also says a lot about West Ham. There have been a lot of negative things written, saying there was a crisis and all of that.
"This shows that West Ham are in a position to keep their players when others want them and as a player and for the fans, that is a great thing.
"The manager (Gianfranco Zola) showed a real desire to keep me. He sees me as a massive part of the squad and that meant a lot to me, especially when there were things being written everywhere. So I am delighted to sign."
Parker follows England strikers Dean Ashton and Carlton Cole in committing himself to the club long-term, while youngsters Jack Collison and Freddie Sears have done likewise.
Zola said: "This is great news. Scott is an excellent player and it is good to have him at our service for more years."
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