U.S. prospect Lletget signs new two-year deal with West Ham

The 20-year-old American midfielder has extended his stay at Upton Park, signing a new professional contract as he seeks his first-team debut.
U.S. youth international Sebastian Lletget has extended his stay at West Ham, signing a new two-year professional deal at the club where he has risen through the youth ranks.

Lletget, 20, signed his first pro deal with the Hammers in September 2010, and he has become a fixture on the club's Under-21 developmental squad. He has also been selected for the first team by manager Sam Allardyce on five occasions -- including once against Manchester United -- but he has not featured for the senior squad on the field.

"I sure feel my debut's coming," Lletget told West Ham TV. "All I can do is get my head down and keep doing what I'm doing. I know it will come. As long as the first-team keeps getting results, we'll get in a comfortable position, which is what the whole club wants. Then I'm sure I'll get my chance.

"It has been what, five years or something like that at West Ham, and I just wish I can stay here for as long as I can.

"I was quite relieved [to sign the new deal]. Obviously my contract was running up this year. So in the first half of this season, I was just trying to impress the manager really, and fortunately everything worked out."

Lletget was a member of the U.S. U-23 player pool during the last Olympic qualifying run, and he told West Ham's official website that he would be open to a loan move if the circumstances were right and as he gains more notoriety. 

"Sooner or later, a club will show some interest, and it will be the right move, a good loan wouldn't be a bad idea," Lletget said. "My mind is a bit settled. I feel good at the moment, everything's working out."

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