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Aron Gunnarsson signs new one-year deal with Cardiff City to ensure he will represent the Bluebirds in the Premier League

Icelandic midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has signed a new one-year contract with Cardiff City to remain in South Wales until the summer of 2019.

The long-serving midfielder has officially put pen-to-paper on a new deal after verbally agreeing to remain in the Welsh capital in the last few weeks.

Gunnarsson has now extended his stay to represent the Bluebirds in the Premier League after winning promotion with the Bluebirds last season.

The Iceland international’s deal expired this at the beginning of this month and he took the summer to evaluate his options after seven years at the club.

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However, he has now pledged the next 12 month of his career to the Bluebirds, ensuring he will have spent eight seasons at the Cardiff City Stadium by the time his next contract expires.

Gunnarsson competed in the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia last month, captaining Iceland who were eliminated in the Group Stages of their first ever World Cup.

He returns to South Wales for pre-season training next Monday after being given time off to recover from a busy year, which has also been littered with injuries.

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Speaking to Cardiff City’s official website, Gunnarsson expressed his delight in signing the new deal. He said: “It’s taken a little while, but it’s definitely been worth the wait.

“I always wanted to stay and I told the Gaffer that. Even though I didn’t say much in the news, I just wanted to do my job on the pitch.

“It was tough work to get back, ready to represent my country at the World Cup, and for Cardiff City. Now, signing this deal has been my number one priority and I can’t wait to meet back up with the boys.

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“Credit to the Owner and the Gaffer, we’ve worked hard to get the right players in and I can see there have been good signings. It’s all coming together, with the players who have been around for a while signing new deals too.

“My little boy was born in Cardiff and I’ve been through a lot with this Club and the fans. I just can’t wait to pull on the strip again to represent the capital of Wales in the Premier League.”