Tiote inks long-term deal
Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote has committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new six-and-a-half-year deal at St James' Park.
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Last Updated: 25/02/11 11:24am
Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote has signed a new six-and-a-half-year deal at St James' Park.
Tiote has been handed the new long-term contract as a reward for his fine form since arriving at the club in the summer from FC Twente.
The Ivory Coast international has established himself as a key player at Newcastle and he has inked a new deal to keep him on Tyneside until 2017.
Tiote, who scored his first goal for the club in the amazing 4-4 draw with Arsenal earlier this month, paid tribute to the fans after putting pen to paper.
"I am very happy today to have signed this new deal with Newcastle United," Tiote told the club's official website.
"The experience of playing in the Premier League has been better than I ever hoped it could be.
"This is a great club and the fans have been brilliant - I have never known support like it."
Magpies manager Alan Pardew also praised the impact of Tiote since his arrival at St James' Park.
"Cheik has been immense for us this season and is exactly the type of player I want in my squad," said Pardew.
"He is fantastic on the pitch and in the changing room and is vital for everything we want to achieve.
"Cheik offers us strength and presence in midfield and has proved himself to be one of the best in his position in the Premier League.
"He's adapted brilliantly to the English game and I'm delighted he's signed a new deal with us today."