Max Gradel extends contract at French club St Etienne

Max Gradel
Max Gradel

Ivory Coast international midfielder Max Gradel has signed a new contract with French club Saint Etienne.

The new deal ties Gradel to the Ligue 1 side for a further two years.

Gradel, 26, signed from English club Leeds United in 2011.

He was due to become a free agent next June but the two-year extension means his new deal will run until 2017.

Gradel has played 84 games for St Etienne, scoring 15 goals.

He was a member of the French League Cup-winning side in 2013.

Speaking to the club's websiteexternal-link, Gradel said it was with "great pride and joy" that he would continue his journey with the club.

"The club has many ambitions and I want to achieve great things with this group," he said.