London: New Zealand captain Winston Reid has banished speculation about his West Ham United future by signing a new six-and-a-half-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.
Reid`s contract was due to expire at the end of the season and he had been linked with a move away from the club, but he is now committed to Upton Park until 2021.
"It`s one of those things that took a bit of time, but we got there in the end and I`m very happy to be here for the next part of my career. I`m looking forward to it," Reid said in a statement on the West Ham website.
"At the end of the day, for myself I feel comfortable here. I was speaking with the joint-chairman David Sullivan and everybody and felt like I was valued here.
"He was clearly very committed to getting the deal done and keeping me at the club, so I`d like to thank him for that and I`m delighted to sign for the next six years.
"My family are happy living here too. We`ve been part of the club living in London, so we weighed all the factors up and I`m delighted to be staying here."
Reid, 26, joins midfielder Mark Noble and fellow centre-back James Tomkins in signing a new contract at West Ham.
He joined West Ham from Danish side Midtjylland in 2010 after impressing with New Zealand at that year`s World Cup in South Africa.
Playing time was initially hard to come by as West Ham were relegated in 2011, but he has been a first-team regular since helping the East London club secure promotion back to the Premier League in 2012.