Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi has signed a new deal at the club, which keeps him at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium until 2020.

N’Zonzi had been a reported target for Manchester City, Chelsea and Juventus but has been impressed by his current team’s performances this season and extended his stay in Spain.

His previous contract contained a £21.5m buy-out clause but it is yet to be disclosed as to whether the new deal includes any such clause.

The 28-year-old joined Sevilla from Stoke in 2015 and has since excelled to become of the world’s highest rated defensive midfielders. His performances this term have helped Sevilla to form an unlikely title push.

City have been looking to add to their midfield ranks to provide cover for the ill-tempered Fernandinho and the ageing Yaya Toure, whose contract runs out in the summer. While City appear unlikely to make any recruitments before the 11pm deadline, planning for the summer transfer window may have already begun, with N’Zonzi now off of their list of potential targets.

Former England manager Sam Allardyce explored the possibility of calling N’Zonzi up to the England squad having completed five years of residency in the country and without a cap for his home country of France but his singular appearance for France U21’s meant that he did not meet the criteria.

 

 

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