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The Nigeria international has opted to stay with the Tigers for a longer period after speculations over his future were rife in the summer

Sone Aluko has signed a two-and-half year extension to his contract with Hull City Tigers. The Nigeria international will now stay with the club until 2016.

There were speculations about the future of the 24-year-old as his contract was due to expire in the summer.

“I’m happy to extend my stay here,” Aluko told the club’s website.

“I’ve said right from the beginning, when talk about a new deal first came about, that I was happy here. I also said that it might take time for the deal to happen and that is how it turned out. Because it took a while, people started making a story out of it and were saying that I was going to this place or that place. That was always irrelevant.

“I’m glad that it’s done, but I never really thought that it wouldn’t happen. I’m happy here and things have turned out the way I thought they would. When I first signed, I said that the team was good enough to get into the Premier League and I felt that my second year here would be in the top flight. That is how it has worked out and I’m happy about that.

“I have to thank the manager and the owners of the club. I would also like to thank my team-mates for helping to make my time here a success. If it wasn’t for them, there probably wouldn’t be a new deal.”

Aluko scored eight goals last season to help Hull City gain promotion to the Premier League and has scored once this season, a scorcher against Newcastle before picking up an Achilles injury.

He will hope to be a part of the Nigeria squad to the World Cup this summer. 

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