Young Nigerian defender Ajibola Alese signed a new contract with West Ham United the club announced through their official website. He signed his first professional contract with the Premier League club in July 2018.

Born in Islington, Alese started his playing career with West Ham at Under-8. He was loaned to Accrington Stanley in September 2019 and Cambridge United in February 2021.

The 20-year-old defender made his debut in an EFL Cup third-round victory Hull City on 22 September 2020.

After signing his deal, Alese believes signing the deal shows he is going in the right direction.

“I’ve been here since the age of seven, so to come through and sign a new contract is an amazing feeling.

“It’s a dream of mine to play for West Ham, so to be offered a new contract just shows that – I’m going in the right direction.

“There are so many memories that I have here already. A lot of coaches have given me little pieces of advice that have helped me to where I am today.

DAGENHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 15: Ajibola Alese of West Ham United in action during the Premier League 2 match between West Ham United U23 and Brighton and Hove Albion U23 at Chigwell Construction Stadium on December 15, 2018 in Dagenham, England. (Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

“I’d also like to thank my family, of course – God and my friends, who have always supported me.

“West Ham means everything. It is part of my family – I cannot describe it. West Ham is part of my blood now”.

Alese featured eight times total in 2016/17 while still a schoolboy before making a further four U18 Premier League South appearances the following season.

He has played for several England youth teams (U16, U17, U18, U19, and U20).