MPANZU: IT WAS AN EASY DECISION TO STAY
PELLY-RUDDOCK Mpanzu says that the work done by manager Nathan Jones during the transfer window so far convinced him to extend his stay at Luton Town.
The 24-year-old, along with team-mate James Justin, has been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest but on the eve of the season the midfielder signed a new contract, which ties him down at Kenilworth Road until 2020.
Mpanzu, who was plucked from Non-League Boreham Wood by West Ham United in 2011, has been impressed by the experienced campaigners that have arrived at the club this summer and is also keen to continue working under former Brighton & Hove Albion caretaker boss Jones.
“The gaffer was a massive reason as to why I have decided to extend my contract,” said the Luton man.
“He was at a big club at Brighton and he made the decision to come to another big club here.
“I have a lot of belief in him and we are going to move forward together.
“He has brought in quite a few midfielders this summer and I can definitely learn something from each of them.
“Alan McCormack and Andrew Shinnie have both played in the Championship – both with different styles – and I certainly can pick up different things from watching their games. It certainly made what was an easy decision even easier.”
Mpanzu made 52 appearances for the Hatters last season and the former Hammer credits head of sports science Jared Roberts-Smith for keeping him fighting fit.
“My seasons here have been disrupted by injury up until last year when the gaffer brought in Jared, who has helped me a lot,” he said.
“I was able to put a lot of games together and I really want to push on and do the same this time around.”