West Ham United defender Ben Johnson has agreed to sign a new contract with the club, the Hammers have confirmed on their official website.

The new deal will see the youngster remain with the Irons until the summer of 2022.

Johnson caught the attention of the public in February when he started at left-back for West Ham during the 1-0 defeat against reigning Premier League Champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite his lack of experience and the fact that he was making his debut against the Citizens, the youngster did not look out of place during the game and was able to hold his own against some of the most talented footballers in the world.

The West Ham youngster has so far only made one Premier League appearance for the East Londoners, however he boasts great potential and the club made a good move by getting him to agree to a new contract.

Johnson has been with the Hammers since he was just several years old and West Ham likely has a very special place in his heart. He is one of a number of youngsters who have forced their way into Manuel Pellegrini’s first-team picture recently. Others include Grady Diangana, Declan Rice and Conor Coventry.

The 20-year-old Rice has firmly established himself as a West Ham first-team regular and has so far made 28 Premier League appearances this season, scoring two goals. After switching his international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England last month, Rice was also called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad which faces upcoming games against Montenegro and the Czech Republic.

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