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Stanislas extends his stay with the Cherries

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Junior Stanislas has extended his stay with AFC Bournemouth after signing a new two-year contract at Vitality Stadium.

Stanislas has been an integral member of the Cherries squad since joining on a free transfer from Burnley in June 2014.

The winger, who has netted 37 goals in 166 games in all competitions for the club, played alongside new Cherries head coach Scott Parker at West Ham.

Parker was in the Hammers starting line-up when a teenage Stanislas made his Premier League debut in a 0-0 draw with West Brom at Upton Park in March 2009.

Stanislas played his part as the Cherries qualified for the Championship play-offs last season, contributing ten goals and five assists in 35 games.

He was also on target as the club reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history, his late penalty sealing a 2-0 win at former club Burnley in the fifth round.

During an 11-week purple patch between late November and early February, the gifted 31-year-old playmaker hit ten goals in 13 games.

Stanislas moved to Vitality Stadium after helping Burnley win promotion to the top flight in 2013/14 and repeated the feat as the Cherries memorably lifted the Championship title the following season.

He made 99 appearances, scored 20 goals and provided 12 assists during the Cherries’ five-year stay in the Premier League between 2015 and 2020.

Stanislas told afcb.co.uk: “I’m delighted. It’s dragged out a little but I’ve always wanted to be here. I’m delighted it’s finally over the line and I can now focus my mind on the next two years.

“I want to help this team and this club get back to where we want to be and for me to play my part within that.

“Since I’ve been here, we’ve had a lot of success already in moving from the Championship to the Premier League and staying there for five years.

“We were very unfortunate not to have that final push last season and get promoted.

"This season is a new season with a very good squad. There’s no reason why we can’t achieve the things we achieved before and take them to even higher levels.”

AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said: “Junior has been a very important player for this club over the past seven seasons, and so I’m delighted that he has chosen to his extend his stay here.

“He has huge amounts of experience and know-how which will be invaluable to the squad and particularly the younger players in the dressing room.

“But crucially, he still possesses the quality to change a game with a goal or an assist, which he demonstrated regularly last season.

“It’s great to have Junior back on board and to keep strengthening the squad ahead of the start of the season.”

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