Gael Clichy has signed a new deal at Manchester City.
The France international joined the Blues in the summer of 2011, when they paid £7million to take him from Arsenal as his contract entered its final 12 months. He helped City win a first league title since 1968 in his debut season, and he has now racked up a total of 56 Premier League appearances for the Etihad Stadium club.
Although Manchester United have wrestled the crown from their neighbours this season, Clichy remains hugely optimistic for the future of his side. And to reinforce this opinion, he has now signed a new deal which will keep him at the club until 2017.
“I’m really happy to have agreed a new deal with city and I’m already looking forward to next season,” he told the club’s official website. Things didn’t go the way we wanted them to this year but we’ll come back stronger next season and learn from this experience.
“We are just going to keep moving forward and raising the bar. We know where we want to be and with the talented players in our squad there is no reason why we can’t achieve our targets. When I look around me and see the quality players and the plans that are taking shape at Manchester City, I know that I am in the right place.”
Which manager Clichy will be working for next season remains unclear, after Roberto Mancini was sacked last week. Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is the favourite for the job, and he could be appointed as soon as the Spanish season comes to a close.