Hart extends City deal
England goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester City that will keep him at Eastlands until 2016, the Premier League club announced Monday.
Hart joined City for £600,000 ($982,543) in 2006 and has since made 121 starts for the club, forcing Republic of Ireland international keeper Shay Given to move to top-flight rivals Aston Villa.
"I'm absolutely delighted to have signed a new deal and it is a very exciting time to be a City player," the 24-year-old Hart, a member of the side that beat Stoke in last season's FA Cup final to end City's 35-year wait for a major trophy, told the club's official website.
"I can't think of myself being anywhere other than City and it really feels like home," added Hart, between the posts for City's 3-2 defeat by local rivals and reigning Premier League champions Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
"I feel very privileged to be staying here for another five years."
Meanwhile Hart paid tribute to Given by saying: "Shay's influence on me has been massive and being able to work alongside me has brought my game on tremendously."