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West Brom manager Pardew calls for new Evans contract

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew believes the club should reward Jonny Evans for his quality and professionalism with a new contract.

Evans was the subject of interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, but no move materialised. He remained professional throughout, and never complained to the club.

His manager is very pleased with his attitude.

"I told him what happened on Wednesday, he understood that, and now in my view we need to sit Jonny down and see if we can get a contract that works for him going forward," said Pardew.

"If not, in the summer again we're going to have this situation.

"That's something that I will speak to the board about in the next couple of weeks.

"He can only be open to those discussions if the figures are right because the market dictates and we have to understand what those figures would have been elsewhere.

"Whether we can reach those figures I don't know."

Pardew also said that it was the way Evans conducted himself that convinced him the player could have a long term future at West Brom.

"I've spoken to Jonny all the way through and I've said to him what I would be saying in the press, that the last two or three days would be very difficult unless the bid was of a significant amount," he said.

"I respect his position 100 per cent and I've tried to be honest and fair with him from the day I walked in and I will be until the day I walk out and, as we mentioned before, his conduct around the training ground is spot on.

"He's clinical in terms of his thinking. Game time is game time and when he comes off the pitch of course he's effectively CEO of his own company.

"He decides his own fate."

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