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Zenden extends by a year at Sunderland

in General Soccer News 17 May 2010

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Much-travelled Dutch midfielder Boudewijn ‘Bolo’ Zenden has given Sunderland a boost by signing a one-year extension to his contract.

The 33-year-old joined the Premier League club on a free transfer from Marseille last summer and manager Steve Bruce is delighted Zenden has decided to stay for another year.

“I’m delighted Bolo has agreed to stay with us,” said Bruce.

“He has played at the top level for a long time and has a wealth of experience which is so valuable both on and off the pitch.

“He has a great influence on his team-mates, and that is vital when you are bringing through the promising young players that we are.”

The former PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Liverpool midfielder made 21 appearances last season, 19 of them as a substitute, and scored twice.

He is understandably keen to have a greater involvement during the next campaign, but Bruce has been delighted with his influence on and off the pitch and was desperate to keep him on board.

The 54-times capped Holland international’s contract extension is another post-season boost for the Black Cats after Paraguay midfielder Cristian Riveros completed his move from Mexican side Cruz Azul last week.

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