Kalou extends Berlin stay

Ivorian winger Salomon Kalou has signed a new contract with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, although the duration of the deal remained undisclosed.

The 31-year-old spent six seasons at Chelsea before leaving Stamford Bridge for Lille in 2012, where he spent two further seasons.

“I feel very comfortable in Berlin and I still have plenty that I want to achieve with Hertha Berlin,” Kalou said.

“I would like to help the team continue to progress as it has in the last few years.”

Since joining the club from the German capital, Kalou has scored 25 goals in 70 games, including six in 16 games so far this season.

Hertha coach Pal Dardai was thrilled with the news, after more than one club showed an interest in a player who would have been a free agent at the end of the season.

“Salomon is a real champion. He has won everything, but despite that he is still hungry for more. He is a model professional and a great example for all players,” said Dardai.

Kalou won four FA Cups during his time at Chelsea, as well as the 2009/10 English Premier League title and 2011/12 Champions League crown.

He was also a key member of the Ivorian team which won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.