NYCFC signs U.S. international Keaton Parks to permanent deal from Benfica

New York City FC has signed United States international Keaton Parks to a permanent multi-year deal, the club announced on Wednesday.

"We're delighted to sign Keaton to a long-term contract that will keep him in New York City for the foreseeable future. Getting Keaton back on a permanent basis was one of our main priorities and we're happy to complete the deal before the team leaves for preseason," said NYCFC sporting director David Lee in a team statement.

"Keaton's potential as a professional is extremely high. Having already made his debut for the U.S. national team, we believe that he has the capability to become a regular at that level if he continues to develop as he's done throughout his career. Keaton is not only a player that helps us compete for titles in 2020, but can also be a foundation piece of this club for many years to come."

The 22-year-old midfielder joined the club on loan from Benfica at the beginning of the 2019 season.

"I'm really excited to be back at New York City FC on a permanent basis. My first season in New York was incredible, and with most of the guys returning, I know 2020 will be an even better year for the club," the Texas native said of the deal.

"I think I played well in 2019 and earned my spot in the starting eleven, but heading into 2020, I'm ready to fight to keep my place and help push this team forward to bigger things. My goal for this year is simple - I want to win a trophy. We definitely have the talent to win one and that's what I want to do with NYCFC. I'm confident we have the squad to do it."

In all, Parks played 26 games with NYCFC over all competitions last season.

At international level, he has made one appearance for the U.S. thus far.