Premier League: Jose Fonte signs new contract with Southampton
Last Updated: 12/08/14 10:27am
Southampton defender Jose Fonte has signed a new three-year contract with the club which will keep him at St Mary’s until 2017.
Saints manager Ronald Koeman has also confirmed that the 30-year-old Portuguese centre-back will be his new captain.
"We are very happy because we like to keep the good players and the experienced players," Koeman said.
"Jose is the captain for this season on the field. We have another captain of the club - Kelvin Davis - but Jose is the captain on the pitch.
"I am very pleased about his new contract, which shows our ambition and the philosophy of the club and I am happy about that."
Fonte, who started his career with Benfica, joined Southampton from Crystal Palace for £800,000 in January 2010 and has since made 182 appearances for the club and scored 13 goals.
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He said: "I'm very excited to be signing this new contract for another three years. This is where I feel at home.
"I've been very successful at this club so it was an easy decision.
"What made me sign was first we signed a very good manager, second, the fans have been great for me - they love me and I have a good relationship with them.
"And third we have a lot of quality in the team and we will try to do even better than last season if we can."