AMSTERDAM — FC Nordsjælland defender Michael Parkhurst has inked a 12-month extension with the SAS Liga upstarts.
MLSsoccer.com has learned that Parkhurst had also recently had talks with at least two Major League Soccer clubs and a handful of European teams outside Denmark. However, an improved deal will see him remain at Farum Park until the end of 2012.
"He's signed a one-year extension," Parkhurst rep Lyle Yorks confirmed to MLSsoccer.com on Monday morning.
By setting his contract to expire during FCN's midseason break, the former New England Revolution ace kept the door to MLS wide open. Theoretically, a winter move would allow him both a rest and a full preseason, plus potentially another shot at some UEFA glory.
"He likes the club, and they are doing well," explained Yorks. "They are competing to be in the Champions League. He wanted to stay. [Signing with a winter expiration] does keep MLS as an option for him."
Having most frequently been positioned at right back, Parkhurst has been drawing rave reviews from the Danish press for his play this season. The former MLS Rookie of the Year is the only player for second place Nordsjælland to play every minute this season. He has already won two consecutive Ekstra Bladet Cups with the Wild Tigers, who are prowling the three-peat after reaching the current edition's final eight.
Winners of nine of their last 12 league games, Parkhurst & Co. return from the international break with a visit from Conor O'Brien's SønderjyskE on Sunday.