Brentford’s Danish international midfield player Christian Nørgaard has signed a new contract. The 27-year-old put pen to paper on the new deal earlier this week. His contract will now run until the end of the 2024/25 season and there is an option for an extra year.
Christian is in his third season at the heart of Brentford’s midfield. He joined from Italian side Fiorentina in the summer of 2019 and quickly established himself in the centre of the pitch. He helped Brentford finish third in the Sky Bet Championship in consecutive seasons, culminating with victory in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final in May 2021.
Christian has played in 17 of Brentford’s 18 Premier League games so far, only missing the match against Manchester City earlier this week due to suspension. He scored the vital second goal in the opening night win over Arsenal and has helped The Bees take 20 points in the league so far. In total, Christian has played 86 games for Brentford in all competitions, scoring his other goal in a Carabao Cup win at Southampton in 2020.
Thomas Frank, Brentford FC Head Coach, said: “This is a fantastic New Year’s Day gift for all Brentford fans. We are on a great journey here and we are very pleased that Christian is going to stay on that journey with us. Christian has been a key part in the rise of Brentford in the past three years.
“I think Christian has had a fantastic first half season in the Premier League. He has shown that he can compete in this league against some of the best in the world in his position. He is also consistently working to develop himself.
“Christian shows great leadership qualities in training every day and he helps build our culture. That is very important to us. He has an unbelievably important role in this team, and it is great that he will be part of our future.”
Christian made his name at Brøndby, where he spent five years. In his time at Brøndby he worked with and was signed by Thomas Frank – who was in charge there from 2013 to 2016. He won the Danish Cup and finished as league runners-up twice in his time at Brøndby, having earlier played for Lyngby Boldklub, in Denmark, and Hamburger Sport-Verein e.V., although his time at the German side was mainly spent with the reserve team playing in the fourth tier. He spent a season in Florence before moving to London.
Christian has represented Denmark at every level, making his breakthrough to full international honours in the past 18 months. He played 73 official games from Under-16 to Under-21 level and scored five goals. He represented Denmark in an unofficial game against Sweden in early 2018 and played in the UEFA European Under-21 Championships in 2015 and 2017 as well as the 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
His first full international call-up came in September 2020. Since then, he has earned 15 caps for his country, helped them reach the Semi-Final of the delayed UEFA European Championships 2020 and qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, in Qatar. Christian’s 15 caps place him join-third in our list of most capped players. He earned five of them last summer as Denmark reached the last four of Euro 2020, played across Europe a year later than planned.