Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning full-back Cedric Soares has signed a new four-year contract at Southampton to run until 2020.
The 24 year-old, who made the move to the south coast in the summer of 2015, featured 27 times in all competitions during his first season with the club.
Saints boss Claude Puel was delighted to announce the deal on Friday ahead of Saints’ Premier League home clash with Sunderland.
He said: “It’s good news for the club, for Cedric and for all the team. He is an international player, he has won Euro 2016 with Portugal and it’s important for the club to keep players of his calibre.
“I’m happy for him and for us to keep Cedric with this team. He is a good player, important, a technical player and I am sure he will do many good things this season.”
The former Sporting Lisbon star added that he was delighted to remain part of the club for the next few years and described it as being like a ‘family’.
“I’m really happy,” said Soares. “The club has given me more confidence and they show me that they also trust in my football.”