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Michael Ball has agreed a new two-year deal at Manchester City to stay with Sven Goran Eriksson's side.

The left-back moved to the City of Manchester Stadium in January and impressed in the second half of last season.

Ball, who won his only England cap under Eriksson, had offers from other Premier League clubs but opted to commit to City until 2009.

News of the former PSV Eindhoven defender's deal delights Eriksson as he shapes his squad for the coming campaign.

"Michael's experienced, having played in Scotland and Holland as well as England, and it's good that he is staying with us as he's going to be very useful," he told the club's official website.

"We had to build on what was good here, and there was a lot that was really good, so I'm happy that he's signed and he is happy as well."