Portugal international defender Jose Fonte has signed a new three-year contract with Southampton, which keeps the 31-year-old at St Mary’s Stadium until 2018.
“I’m obviously very pleased and very happy,” the centre-back said.
“I want to thank the manager [Ronald Koeman], Les Reed [executive director], Ralph [Krueger], Katharina [Liebherr] — all of the staff and all of the board — for showing their trust and belief in me.
“I am extremely happy that they are giving me this opportunity to keep being in this great club, and I hope I can give back with good performances and by helping the club move forward.
“This is where I feel happy and where I’ve been very successful, so this is where I want to be and where I want to win.”Embed from Getty Images
Koeman said: “I’m very pleased because he’s an important player for the team — he’s our captain.
“He has played several years for the club and he is really feeling good in Southampton — he’s a great professional and an example of how you have to behave in football.
“He knows what you have to do to develop yourself, and I’m very happy that he is staying.”
Fonte was signed from Crystal Palace in 2010 and was a key figure in the Saints’ rise from the English League One to the English Premier League, and is set to his 240th appearance for the club in Saturday’s league match against Leicester City.Embed from Getty Images
“This sets a tremendous example for young players,” Reed added.
“As skipper, Jose has demonstrated leadership qualities that all young players should aspire to and it is good for them to see such long-term dedication to the club.”