Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony has signed a one-year contract extension in a deal that could keep the Ivorian at the Liberty Stadium through 2018.
Having scored 25 goals in all competitions and 17 in the Premier League during his first season, Bony has maintained his strong form this year, notching four goals in his opening 11 appearances.
“It’s great news for the club,” said manager Garry Monk whose Swansea side heads to Manchester City this weekend.
“I’ve spoken a lot about what Bony has brought to the club not just on the pitch but off it as well. These types of players are ones that we do our best to keep at the club for a long time. But it’s also important that we see commitment from that player towards the club, his team-mates and the fans.”
Commitment from Bony is especially important as he has long been the target of bigger clubs. Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham have all had their eye on the 25-year-old but, admirably, the Ivorian has refused to have his head turned. Instead, he’s dug in his heels at the club that took a chance on him in the summer of 2013, spending $18 million to bring him in from Dutch League side Vitesse Arnhem.
It was a move many believed carried huge risk as history has shown that scoring goals in the Eredivisie is hardly a guarantee of the same return in the Premier League. But the transfer has more than paid off for Swansea and, in signing the one-year extension, Bony has returned the good will. For Swans fans the deal couldn’t have been made at a better time, just six weeks before the opening of the January transfer window.
So let’s consider this a warning shot from the Swansea crew: they aren’t ready to sell and the striker isn’t ready to leave. Whether potential suitors care, is a whole other issue. If the goals keep flying in, the big boys will still come calling. Unfortunately for them, the price just went up.