Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko has signed a new four-year contract with the Anfield outfit.
Sissoko has made 71 appearances for Liverpool in two seasons
The 22-year-old Mali international has been linked with a summer transfer, but he will now be staying with Liverpool until at least 2011.
"It was never in my thoughts to leave Liverpool," he told the club website.
"It has obviously given me a huge boost to my confidence that the manager believes in me and wanted me to stay. Now I want to repay him on the pitch."
Sissoko joined the Reds from Valencia for £5.6m in July 2005 and has gone on to play 71 games without scoring.
He added: "I read about the speculation linking me with other clubs but I am already at a big club and it's an honour for me to be able to call myself a Liverpool player.
"I feel fresh and can't wait for the new season to start.
"I am injury-free and although I know I'll face a battle for a place in the team as we have so many great midfielders I'm prepared to fight for a position."
Sissoko joins Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Xabi Alonso and Jose Reina in signing a long-term deal at Anfield this summer.