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Berahino happy with new deal

Saido Berahino has thanked manager Steve Clarke for giving him a chance at West Bromwich Albion after signing a new contract.

The England Under 21 international pledged his future to West Brom on Monday by agreeing a deal to stay at The Hawthorns until 2017.

Berahino has impressed for West Brom this season and has scored six goals, including a hat-trick against Newport County in the Capital One Cup and the winner at Manchester United in the Premier League.

The 20-year-old is delighted to have signed a new deal and the forward has offered his gratitude to the West Brom staff for allowing him the opportunity to shine.

"I'm delighted that everything is sorted," Berahino told the club's official website. "Now we can move forward.

"I've committed my future to West Bromwich Albion and I can't wait to keep going. I've been at the club since I was 11 and I'm so happy to be here.

"I'd just like to thank everyone at the club for getting behind me.

"I also want to thank the gaffer for allowing me to express myself. He's given me the platform to play in the Premier League. He's been good to me. He's made it easy for me to come in and fit in with the lads.

"I can't thank him enough for giving me an opportunity. I also want to thank Keith Downing, Kevin Keen and Dean Kiely and all of the other staff. It's been great and long may it continue.

"Contracts can take time to sort out. I was committing my future to the club so I wanted to make sure everything was right.

"But everyone has done a fantastic job and I've got a contract that I'm really happy with. Now I'm looking forward to the future."