Bony signs contract extension

SWANSEA striker Wilfried Bony has signed a one-year extension to his contract with the Premier League club. The new deal could keep the 25-year-old Ivory Coast international at the Liberty Stadium until 2018.

Bony scored 25 goals in his first season after signing for a club record A?12m from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, and has netted four times this season.

a�?Ita��s great news for the club,a�? said manager Garry Monk, whose side are fifth in the table.

a�?Ia��ve spoken a lot about what Bony has brought to the club not just on the pitch but off it as well.

a�?These types of players are ones that we do our best to keep at the club for a long time. But ita��s also important that we see commitment from that player towards the club, his team-mates and the fans.

a�?Bony has shown that he is very committed to this club by signing an extension here.a�?

Bony has scored a total of 20 goals for the Swans in the Premier League a�� a club record he shares with Spanish midfielder Michu.

He scored twice for the Ivory Coast at the 2014 World Cup finals and was the subject of transfer speculation during the close season.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham were all reported to be interested in Bony, but Monk insisted the striker was not for sale. – BBC Sport