Championship side Bournemouth have triggered an option to extend the contract of Zimbabwe international Jordan Zemura amid speculation linking with a move to the English Premier League teams.
Zemura’s scintillating form has seen him linked with the likes of Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Leicester City during the course of the season.
And with the 22-year-old Zimbabwe international’s contract set to expire at the end of this season, Bournemouth have triggered the one-year extension clause in his contract to avoid losing him for free.
After playing a bit-part role last campaign, Zemura has played a pivotal role under Scott Parker this term, helping Cherries up to second in the table.
Despite missing some matches while with the Warriors squad at January’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the attacking left-back has made 23 appearances for Bournemouth this term.
Remarkably, Zemura has only been on the losing side on one occasion.
We're delighted to confirm the contracts of Jaidon Anthony, Jordan Zemura, Zeno Ibsen Rossi and Christian Saydee have been extended 📝
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— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) March 2, 2022
Confirming the deal for Zemura and his teammate Jaidon Anthony, the Cherries said in a statement on their official website: “The club have taken up their option to extend the contracts of both Jaidon Anthony and Jordan Zemura until June 2023.
“Anthony and Zemura have impressed during their first full season in the first team, making 58 appearances and scoring ten goals between them.”
Bournemouth Chief Executive Officer Neill Blake said: “We are very pleased to have finalised these contracts.”
“We have a proud track record of developing young players at this club and the progress being made by these four demonstrates the pathway that exists from our age groups into the first team.”
Bournemouth manager Parker revealed in October that the club had held “early conversations” with Zemura over a new deal, but did not want it to become a distraction.