Kristoffer Ajer insisted that signing a new contract with Brentford was a "really easy decision".
The Norway international has penned a new deal which runs until the summer of 2028; the club has an option to extend his contract by an additional 12 months.
“It’s fantastic,” said the 25-year-old defender. “Brentford is a family club that I’m really attached to - the head coach [Thomas Frank], the staff and the players. I love being here, so it was a really easy decision for me.
“It’s the perfect club for me to develop and enjoy my football in the Premier League. I’m extremely happy to extend my contract; I know where I’m going to be for the next years.”
Ajer revealed the positive culture at the club was a major factor in his decision to extend his stay.
“Thomas and the staff have been amazing,” he continued. “It’s a joy to come to this training ground every day; I learn so much. At the weekends, to play at the Gtech in the Premier League is a dream.
“I play wherever the head coach puts me. It’s easy to give everything for this group of players; the togetherness is something I have never seen before.”
Injuries contributed to a relatively slow start for Ajer following his move from Celtic in July 2021, the defender making 23 starts in his first Premier League season before dipping in and out of the first team in the 2022/23 campaign.
However, the departure of Pontus Jansson to Malmö in the summer as well as defensive injuries throughout the season opened the door for Ajer to do exactly what he has done: establish himself as a key cog in Brentford’s line-up.
“I want to keep developing and I want to see how good Kristoffer Ajer can be,” he said.
“I never compare myself to anyone else; I want to be able to look at myself in the mirror after my career and say that I became 100 per cent of what I could become. That’s my goal for the next few years.”