Ibrahim earns City reward
Man City teenager Abdisalam Ibrahim has been rewarded with a new contract tying him to the club until 2014.
Last Updated: 07/04/10 5:23pm
Manchester City teenager Abdisalam Ibrahim has been rewarded with a new contract tying him to the club until 2014.
The Norwegian midfielder has broken into the first-team squad this season and made his debut in the FA Cup fourth-round win at Scunthorpe United in January.
He was handed his Premier League bow the following month after appearing as a late substitute in the 0-0 home draw with Liverpool.
The 18-year-old is delighted to have signed a long-term deal and has praised City boss Roberto Mancini for giving him a chance this season.
"I am really happy; I am going to enjoy the moment," Ibrahim told the club's official website. "It is really exciting for me.
"The boss has been great with me and the other lads.
"He's a really good coach and he believes that if you are good enough, you are old enough and that sends a very positive message to all the young players at the club, particularly the next group of Academy players coming through.
"He believes we can all get better and progress and I think no matter who you are, you can always progress your game."
Ibrahim also revealed that January signing, and experienced French midfielder, Patrick Vieira has been passing on some advice.
He added: "Patrick is a great guy - he's done so much in his career and won so many things and to have him advising me out on the training pitch every day is fantastic.
"He has helped my game a lot already, giving me tips on where to play and how and when to move around the pitch - he's not a bad teacher to have, is he?
"Having said that, all the players want to help, too, including the more senior squad members. There is a great team spirit throughout the squad and I couldn't be at a better club."