Dutch Eredivisie team PSV Eindhoven confirmed today that American attacking midfielder Richard Ledezma, who recently returned from a lengthy injury absence, has signed an extension through summer, 2024.

The 21 year-old American has officially been with the Dutch team since the beginning of 2019, rising from the ranks of their U19 youth team to the top squad. After being out for nearly a year to recover from a torn ACL, he recently returned to action, making a pair of short appearances in the last few days.

In a show of continued faith for his long-term potential, PSV announced the extension, which had been rumored in the Dutch media earlier in the week, stating “Richard Ledezma has signed a contract extension with PSV until the summer of 2024. The 21-year-old American midfielder is happy to extend his stay.”

Ledezma was originally set to be out of contract following the current season, however will have an additional two seasons to continue his development in Eindhoven.

The Phoenix-born midfielder expressed his excitement with the opportunity through official PSV channels, stating “I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my PSV career. I am excited to be part of the team again and look forward to developing my skills. I have fought back but I know I have to be patient. I am really proud to be back. Words cannot describe how I feel. I am so happy and enjoy being a football player every single minute.”

Ledezma made two, short come-back appearances with PSV prior to them heading into their winter break, first playing the final eight minutes of their December 15 win over Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch Cup, then coming onto the field in the final seconds on their win over Go Ahead Eagles eight days later.

The current Eredivisie leaders began their winter break following the December 23 victory, and will have approximately three weeks off until they return to action on January 16 with a visit to Groningen in league play.

This is followed by a Dutch Cup quarterfinal match against Telstar Velsen at home two days later, likely putting Ledezma in line for more minutes in at least one of the two games.

By David Smith

I'm YA's resident doctor, but not the kind of doctor you would want giving you an examination anywhere outside of a lecture hall. I've been YA's feet-on-the-ground in Germany since 2008, have an affinity for overly verbose descriptions of irrelevant minutiae, keep an eye on YAs in most of the destinations on mainland Europe, and watch a whole lot of Serie A.

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