Crystal Palace FC defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has signed a long-term contract with the Eagles, with the 20-year-old’s contract being extended until June 2022.
Wan-Bissaka made his first-team bow under Roy Hodgson against Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park in February and impressed sufficiently to remain in the side for the next six games, leading to a first call-up to the England under-20s last month and winning the club’s ManBetX Player of the Month award for March.
A member of the Palace academy since the age of 11, Croydon-born Wan-Bissaka started out as a winger but began his transition into a right-back at the start of last season with the development side, before moving into first-team contention this term.
Roy Hodgson is delighted to see the defender sign the new deal after handing him his Premier League debut. “It is great news for the club that we have been able to secure his services until 2022. I am delighted to have given Aaron his chance in the first team. He rose to the challenge exceptionally well and his new contract is fully deserved. He has a bright future and I’m pleased it will be here at Crystal Palace”.
On signing the new contract Wan-Bissaka said "I'm really happy to extend my contract at Palace. I've been with the club since I was 11, which makes today even more special. I'd like to thank Roy, the coaches and the Chairman for showing their belief in me, and I hope to repay them with my performances. This season has been an incredible one for me personally - of course it's not over yet. I've learned so much playing under Richard Shaw and Dave Reddington, and they played a massive part in me getting my first team chance under Roy, so I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them."
Commenting on the new deal, club Chairman Steve Parish said: “Nothing makes us more proud than seeing someone progress through our Academy system into the first-team. It has been fantastic for everyone at the club to see how well Aaron has done since being given his chance in the Premier League. A great deal of credit must go to everyone involved in his development over the years and of course to Roy for giving him his chance in the first team.
“Splitting the club’s academy onto its own site in close proximity to the first team but with its own identity and facilities is also proving to bear fruit. With the U23’s and U18’s winning their respective leagues and the U14’s and 15’s doing well in the National Cup the future has never looked brighter. I would also take this opportunity to congratulate Paddy McCarthy and Richard Shaw for their respective successes with the title winning teams.
“Crystal Palace has a long tradition of developing home-grown players and providing an environment to help them flourish at the highest level, and we’re hoping that Aaron is the first in an increasing line of players from the area that hold down a place in the first team. I would like to congratulate him on earning a new contract with the club, which will allow us to continue to develop him as a player and person, and help him reach his potential here in his native south London.”