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Diangana makes the grade

Filed: Thursday, 14th June 2018
By: Staff Writer

Academy starlet Grady Diangana has extended his stay at West Ham by signing a new two-year contract.

The 20-year-old winger, whose previous contract was set to expire this summer, will now remain at the club until 2020 - and says he couldn't be happier.

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"Iíve been here for such a long time, ever since I was ten, so to be given an extended contract is a step closer to what Iím dreaming of," Diangana told whufc.com. "From the age of 16 onwards it gets tougher, the level you need to be at is higher and it shows that Iím on the right path by getting a new contract.

"Last season had a lot of achievements Ė getting on the bench for the first team and experiencing the atmosphere of a Premier League game was like something I canít describe. It was very nice.

"Now Iím looking forward to getting back into pre-season; there is a new manager here, itís a new opportunity and Iíll come back giving my all and hopefully be in his plans."

Diangana, who began life as a striker before converting to am attacking midfield role now plans to emulate former Under 23 team mate Declan Rice, who made the breakthrough to the first team last season.

"When Declan was with us in the Under-23s, you could see what he was doing, the manner in that he was applying himself and what he was giving to the team," he recalled. "If you can try and emulate that you will become a better player - and seeing him come through is a big inspiration."

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