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Steven N'Zonzi signs new contract extension with Sevilla until 2020

Steven N'Zonzi
Steven N'Zonzi joined Sevilla from Stoke City in 2015.

Steven N'Zonzi has signed a one-year extension to his contract at Sevilla that will keep him at the Sanchez Pizjuan until June 2020, the club announced on Tuesday.

The La Liga side also stated that the new deal will increase N'Zonzi's release clause from €30 million to a new figure which has not been revealed.

A club statement read: "With this renewal, the club wishes to acknowledge the exceptional work done by the French midfielder, without a doubt one of the most distinguished players this season, not just in Spain but in Europe."

N'Zonzi, who had recently been linked with a move to Barcelona and Manchester City, moved to Sevilla in the summer of 2015 from Stoke City in a £7m deal and signed a four-year contract.

Under coach Unai Emery, he made 37 starts in all competitions for the Andalusian club last season to help Sevilla win the Europa League and finish runners-up to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.

Sevilla reportedly turned down an offer of €30 million from defending Premier League champions Leicester for N'Zonzi last summer, according to AS.

The 28-year-old has been a big hit at Sevilla this season, making 27 starts in all competitions, including 18 in La Liga.

Sevilla were keen to extend N'Zonzi's contract in order to fend off potential suitors.

Mundo Deportivo recently reported that Barca are monitoring the Frenchman as a possible back-up to Sergio Busquets.

Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli, who replaced Emery last summer, has praised the work done by N'Zonzi so far this season and says the player is getting better in every game.

He recently told his club's website: "N'Zonzi is having great performances, he is consolidating himself in the heart of our play, which allows him to grow."

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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