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Clichy pens new City deal

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May 18, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Gael Clichy has been at the club for two seasons © Getty Images
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Gael Clichy has signed a four-year extension to his Manchester City contract, keeping him at the Etihad Stadium until 2017.

Clichy, 27, has spent two seasons with City after moving from Arsenal and joined the likes of Yaya Toure in committing his long-term future to the club.

The defender insists he was spurred into signing a new deal after City's failed title defence and is confident his side will make a serious challenge for the Premier League crown next season.

"I'm really happy to have agreed a new deal with City and I'm already looking forward to next season," Clichy said. "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."

City's interim manager Brian Kidd added: "Gael is a crucial member of this team and we're all delighted he's committed his future to Manchester City. We are building a side that will challenge for honours for years to come and to do that, you need top quality players - Gael comfortably fits into the bracket.

"Gael is a top professional off the pitch as well as on it and his attitude and conduct is faultless. He is a manager's dream."

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