West Ham United centre-half Winston Reid has signed a new six-and-a-half-year contract.
The New Zealand international, 26, was linked with a move to London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal but said he "felt valued" at the Hammers.
"It's one of those things that took a bit of time, but we got there in the end," said Reid.
Back in January, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce said it was "highly unlikely" Reid would remain at the club.
He also claimed rival clubs may have broken transfer rules by trying to entice the defender.
"You hear rumours," said Allardyce. "But can you prove it?"
Reid, whose previous deal was due to finish at the end of the season, praised joint-chairman David Sullivan after agreeing to stay.
"He was clearly very committed to getting the deal done and keeping me at the club, so I'd like to thank him for that," said Reid.
The former Midtjylland defender joined the Hammers in 2010 after impressing at the World Cup in South Africa.
Reid is the third first-team regular to sign a new contract in the last month, following James Tomkins and Mark Noble.