Brentford have announced that Mads Roerslev Rasmussen has signed a new long-term contract keeping him at the club until 2026.
The 23-year-old joined the Bees youth set-up after arriving from Copenhagen in August 2019 but wasted no time establishing himself in Thomas Frank’s first team.
The Danish defender has made 79 appearances for the Bees since making his first-team debut – the most by any Brentford youth team graduate.
He has already made 17 appearances in all competitions for Frank’s side this season, and his impressive performances have now been rewarded with improved terms.
Roerslev’s new deal was received well by Frank, who also recently extended his stay with the Bees, insisting the player deserved the new contract.
“Mads hugely deserves this new contract,” Frank said. “We’ve all been on an incredible journey, and Mads is a prime example of that journey.”
“He keeps impressing us in many areas. Defensively, he is very strong one-v-one, defending the box and defending crosses, and offensively he is always coming forward.
“Like every other player, there are areas where he can improve, but he deserves a lot of credit. We are looking forward to continuing the journey with him.”
Roerslev, who has been a mainstay in Frank’s defence, has played a pivotal part in an impressive campaign that has got the west Londoners dreaming of a place in Europe next season.
The Bees currently sit in eighth position in the Premier League off the back of an impressive run of form that has seen them unbeaten in their last ten league games.
Qualifying for one of Europe’s competitions is not far-fetched, with the Bees just five points behind fifth-placed London neighbours Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand.
Roerslev has represented Denmark on the international stage at every youth level but is yet to make his debut for the senior team.
He could get his chance soon, having received a call-up to join the senior team’s training camp for the first time as the Danes prepare for the 2022/23 Nations League campaign.
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