Jara extends stay at Baggies
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West Bromwich Albion utility player Gonzalo Jara has signed a new three-year contract.

The 24-year-old, who played in all four of Chile's fixtures at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, has committed himself to the Premier League club until the summer of 2013.

Jara has been a big success since arriving from Colo Colo in a bargain £1.4m transfer a year ago. He follows in the footsteps of Graham Dorrans, Chris Brunt and Youssouf Mulumbu in signing new deals this summer.

Albion manager Roberto Di Matteo said: "Gonzo fully deserves this new contract. He has proved an excellent acquisition and played a big part in our promotion success last season before his unfortunate injury.

Gonzo fully deserves this new contract. He has proved an excellent acquisition and played a big part in our promotion success last season.
Roberto Di Matteo, West Bromwich Albion manager

"He is a total professional, has a terrific attitude and his versatility is a real asset to the squad," he added. "Gonzo has all the attributes needed to play in the Premier League and I believe he has a big role to play this season within the framework of the team."

Jara performed at right-back, left-back, centre-half and across the midfield last season before suffering a broken metatarsal in February's FA Cup tie at Reading.

He battled back to fitness in time for the FIFA World Cup and played a major role as Chile reached the Round of 16.