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Callum Wilson contract: Bournemouth determined to lose ‘selling club’ reputation

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 17:27, 13 July 2019

Callum Wilson has signed a new four-year deal at AFC Bournemouth.

Wilson, 26, has been at Bournemouth for five years and was their top scorer last season with 15 goals. This contract will see him remain at the club until 2023.

Started from the bottom: 5 things to know about Wilson at Bournemouth…

    •  Wilson signed for the Cherries in July 2014 for a reported £3 million.
    • He fired them to promotion in his first season, scoring 20 league goals.
    • He scored a hat-trick in his second-ever Premier League appearance: a 4-3 win at Upton Park.
    • A knee ligament injury ruled him out for the rest of the season, but last season he was prolific attracting the attentions of Chelsea.
    • He received his first England call-up in November 2018.

Having signed the deal, Wilson told afcbTV: “We’ve improved in all areas since I initially joined the club but there’s still a long way to go.

“While AFC Bournemouth may be known as a smaller club, we’ve got some really big ambitions here. Everyone is pulling in the same direction towards those targets and goals.

“I feel like as an individual, my game is constantly improving here at the club. I want to continue that progress and reach even higher targets. I’m really excited about what the future holds.”

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Bournemouth show ambition

Wilson had been linked with a move away from the Vitality Stadium this summer, with West Ham and Leicester both interested in the England international.

However, Bournemouth pinning him down has shown that they are ready to compete with the ‘bigger’ clubs this season. Their chief executive, Neill Blake, echoes this view.

He said: “He [Wilson] has proved himself as a Premier League striker and is now beginning to establish himself at international level, and this contract is just reward for that.

“We have no desire to lose our best players and this is further evidence of the board’s commitment to keep AFC Bournemouth progressing year on year.”