23 Jan 2013 14:08

The former Arsenal and Hamburg right-back is going at life Hammer and tongs now after injury blight – and is on the books for a bit longer

On the ball: Guy Demel of West Ham United goes past James McClean of Sunderland On the ball: Guy Demel of West Ham United goes past James McClean of Sunderland

Julian Finney

West Ham defender Guy Dremel has signed a contract extension that could keep him at the club until 2015.

West Ham have confirmed the deal for the 31-year-old Ivory Coast defender who joined on an initial two-year contract in August 2011 and faces former club Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League tonight.

Demel told West Ham TV: "It's really good for me and I'm really happy to have a new deal with West Ham."

Injuries punctuated Demel's first season at Upton Park, but he has featured 17 times this term and started the last seven fixtures, including last Saturday's draw with QPR.

He added: "I've had a good year this season, and even last year was good, despite the fact that I was injured for so long and struggled a bit.

"I'm happy to be at West Ham and in the team. The lads are really good with me as are the people working for the club. I hope I will stay that long to play in the new stadium as well.

"Last year was kind of difficult because when I signed, I had pre-season, and then unfortunately I got injured really quickly and it was hard to come back afterwards.

"But right now I feel good. I had a pre-season, we worked hard and I have to thank the medical staff for the job they have done with me. I feel good and I'm quite happy with what I'm doing right now, but I know that I can do even more."

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