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Maikel Kieftenbeld signs new contract

Maikel Kieftenbeld
Maikel Kieftenbeld in action.

It secures the Dutch midfielder at St. Andrew's until June, 2020.

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Maikel Kieftenbeld has signed a two-year extension to his Blues contract.

It secures the Dutch midfielder at St. Andrew's until June, 2020. And there is also a 12-month option in the Club's favour.

One of the first things Manager Steve Cotterill did after taking over was bring Kieftenbeld back into the fold after a month-and-a-half of kicking his heels.

And the 27-year-old fans' favourite has been one of Blues most influential performers since.

Kieftenbeld was on the verge of being sold to Derby County on transfer deadline day but the EFL refused to ratify the transfer as the correct documentation was not submitted before the window shut.

Derby's loss was Blues' gain as Kieftenbeld was selected for Cotterill's first match in charge, a defeat of then league leaders Cardiff City in October, and has not looked back since.

Kieftenbeld's whole-hearted approach on the pitch and incredible energy have made him a popular figure since his move from Groningen for around 250,000 euros in the summer of 2015.

After the demise of the Derby transfer, he made it clear that he had not been angling to leave Blues and would like to stay for longer if it were possible.

Kieftenbeld's contract was due to expire this summer, and Cotterill and the Club have now ensured that he is going nowhere.

Kieftenbeld has made 101 starts for Blues and eight substitute appearances, scoring five times.

In December he told Blues News matchday programme that the Derby scenario was a 'strange situation'.

"Nobody did anything wrong to me here," he said. "I like this club, Birmingham have always been good to me, and I just want to play football." 

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