Tottenham have confirmed that forward Rosella Ayane has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping her at the North London club until 2025.
The Moroccan international has spent the last four years with Spurs, having joined from Bristol City in the summer of 2019.
Ayane has more recently come to prominence on the international stage, having played a key role in helping her country reach the final of the African Cup of Nations last year.
The 27-year-old scored the crucial penalty in the semi-final against Nigeria, with Morocco winning the shootout 5-4. She also scored in the final versus South Africa but it didn’t prove to be enough as her team lost 2-1.
Despite the defeat, Ayane was recognised for her achievements at the ‘Moroccan of the World’ awards where the former Chelsea player won in the sports category.
The Tottenham star will be in action at the World Cup later this month
As well as performing well at AFCON, Ayane helped Morocco qualify for their first-ever World Cup. The tournament kicks off in Australia and New Zealand on Thursday next week.
Ayane’s country have been placed in a group with Germany, South Korea and Colombia so it will be a very tough test in terms of qualifying for the knockout rounds.
They take on one of the tournament favourites Germany in their opening fixture in ten days’ time before they face South Korea six days later, and Colombia at the start of next month.
All three teams are ranked above Morocco in the FIFA rankings. They are an emerging nation, as their recent AFCON final appearance demonstrates, but they are currently ranked 72nd in the world. In contrast, the lowest-ranked team in their group (Colombia) are 25th. Ayane’s team will have to pull off a couple of upsets if they are to progress further in the competition.