Pedersen signs new Rovers deal
Blackburn Rovers winger Morten Gamst Pedersen has ended speculation about his future by signing a new four-year deal with the club. The Norway international was out of contract this summer, and there was some doubt as to whether he would re-commit to the Ewood Park outfit.
But despite attracting interest from clubs around Europe, Pedersen has opted to stay at Rovers. "Blackburn always was my first choice," he stated.
"We have a united team, great management and brilliant supporters. Also, there aren't many footballers who get the opportunity to stay with one Premier League club for ten years. I did and I want to honour that."
Sam Allardyce admitted at the end of the season he did not know whether Pedersen, originally signed by Graeme Souness in August 2004 from Tromso for £1.5m, would agree a new contract or not. However, now the deal has been done, the Blackburn manager is delighted to have secured the services of the 28-year-old.
"Pedersen is one of our most dedicated and professional players," said Allardyce. "We're glad to finally have a contract in place and look forward to the new season."
Chairman John Williams completed the formalities of the deal with Pedersen and afterwards revealed his delight. "What appeared to be a lengthy negotiation was always carried out in a positive constructive manner with Morten making it clear that he wanted to stay," he told the club's official website.
"Sam is currently on holiday but he'll be delighted, he made this, together with finding a striker, our summer priority. He regards Morten as a key member of the squad and his future at Ewood Park is now secure."