City pair sign new contracts
Manchester City have confirmed Adam Johnson and Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta have signed contract extensions.
Last Updated: 18/11/11 12:33pm
Manchester City have confirmed England international Adam Johnson and Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta have signed contract extensions.
Skysports.com revealed on Wednesday that Johnson had committed his future to Roberto Mancini's club and the Etihad Stadium outfit have now made the news official.
Despite not always being a first XI regular, Johnson has signed a new four-year deal, which will keep him at current Premier League leaders City until 2016.
Full-back Zabaleta has also put pen to paper on new terms and has extended his stay in England until 2015.
Ahead of Saturday's match against Newcastle, former Middlesbrough star Johnson told City's official website: "I wouldn't have signed if I didn't see a big future here.
"I'm delighted to sign, I'm just glad it's all sorted out. It was never on my mind when I was playing. You can't let that happen, contracts can take a long time these days.
"I want to become a top player, I want to keep winning things and picking up medals.
"This is such an exciting time to be at the club, things are moving so fast and there's been something new every day in the two years that I've been here.
"It's great being part of it - my game's improved, I'm playing for England and in the Champions League, that probably wouldn't have happened if I hadn't come here."
Zabaleta would have been out of contract next year and he said: "I'm in a very good team, and I try to do my best for the club, the team and the fans.
"I didn't think twice, I gave a quick answer because I was so happy to sign."