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English Premier League Bassong signs contract with Norwich until 2017

"He's performed extremely well since I've been here and he's been a really good influence around the place as well, which is great."

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Denmark's Jon Dahl Tomasson (R) fights for the ball with Cameroon's Sebastien Bassong during a 2010 World Cup Group E soccer match at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria June 19, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi play Denmark's Jon Dahl Tomasson (R) fights for the ball with Cameroon's Sebastien Bassong during a 2010 World Cup Group E soccer match at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria June 19, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (Reuters)

Cameroon defender Sebastien Bassong has signed a new contract to stay at Norwich City until at least 2017, the newly-promoted English Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Bassong, 29, joined the Norfolk club from Tottenham Hotspur in August 2012 and, after a loan spell at Watford last season, returned to help clinch promotion under manager Alex Neil, who took over in January.

"I'm very happy to have signed this contract," Bassong told the club website (www.canaries.co.uk).

"It's been an enjoyable time recently, getting promoted and achieving what we wanted to achieve. It provided great satisfaction for all of us.

"I enjoy playing for this team. Bit by bit, it is getting better and I feel better. The manager has played a big part in that. I owe him a lot because he gave me my chance back in the team."

Neil said: "If you look through the spine of the team it's not something I change that often and Seb has been a big part of that.

"He's performed extremely well since I've been here and he's been a really good influence around the place as well, which is great."

After an opening-day 3-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace, Norwich bounced back by winning by the same score at Sunderland last Saturday.

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