West Ham United goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has signed a new deal to stay in East London after an impressive Premier League campaign.
West Ham goalkeeper, Jussi Jaaskelainen, has agreed a one-year extension deal to keep him at the London club for another year, The Sun reports.
The 37-year-old was brought in last summer following Robert Green’s departure for QPR and the evergreen Finn has proved those doubters wrong that said he was past his best with a string of fine performances this season.
“There is no doubt about the value of signing Jussi,” Sam Allardyce said, “When I signed him my fear was not about his ability, as I knew he had ability after working with him at Bolton, he’d been bombed out by Owen Coyle and not selected for most of that season.”
“So that was my fear, was he past his best? But since pre-season training and getting himself back into the groove he’s been an excellent acquisition for us.”
Allardyce also put the boot into his former custodian too as he struggles for game time across the city at Loftus Road: “We wanted Robert Green to stay but in the end we felt his demands were too much for ourselves in our first year back in the Premier League. So Robert moved onto QPR and Jussi came in.”
Green later admitted that following the arrival of Julio Cesar at Rangers not long after he’d signed caused him to think twice about whether he’d made the right move.
West Ham, however, have locked down their goalkeeping position for the next year as Jaaskelainen shows no signs of slowing down.
The former Finland international has made 31 appearances for the Hammers so far this season.