Patrick van Aanholt is already looking to take the dramatic turnaround in his Sunderland career into next season after penning a new deal at the Stadium of Light.
Van Aanholt was arguably Sunderland’s most improved player after Sam Allardyce’s arrival at the club last October, with the 25-year-old putting his error-prone displays at the start of the campaign firmly behind him.
The ex-Chelsea man netted four goals en route to Sunderland’s survival, and forced his way back into the Holland squad, with that form alerting the likes of Crystal Palace.
But van Aanholt has agreed lucrative fresh terms with Sunderland, which will see him under contract with Sam Allardyce’s men until the summer of 2020.
“I’m very pleased and happy to sign a new deal until 2020,” said van Aanholt.
“I had a good season and we stayed up, so I’m looking forward to next season now.
“I’ve enjoyed playing football at Sunderland and I want to stay here for a long time.
“Two years ago, I had no Premier League experience and that’s why I came here. I think I’ve shown what I’m capable of.
“I’ve signed a new deal and it’s time to move on.”
He added to the club website: “I didn’t start the season very well under Dick (Advocaat) but the boss (Allardyce) gave me the confidence.
“I paid him back on the pitch and I think I’ve done that right.”