Johnson focused on City goal
Michael Johnson says he is looking forward to putting in the performances that earned him a new deal on a regular basis.
By Pete Allison
Last Updated: 29/08/07 2:49pm
Manchester City starlet Michael Johnson says he is delighted to have concluded his contract negotiations, and is now looking forward to putting in the performances that earned him a new deal on a regular basis.
The 19-year-old put pen-to-paper on a four-year-deal after impressing new manager Sven Goran Eriksson in pre-season and in the early stages of the new campaign.
With his first senior goal and a taste of first-team football under his belt, Johnson is now looking to continue to learn from the players around him in order to progress.
Confidence and knowledge
"I'm really glad that everything is settled and negotiated now, it means that I can fully focus on doing well for the club," he told the club's official website.
"I've had a consistent run in the team, and it's important for me to get games because each time I play I get more confidence and knowledge about the game.
"It's great to play every week, I'm learning from the good players that I play with and against."
The midfielder has been one of the few players from the Stuart Pearce regime to maintain their place in the first team after the influx of new talent under Eriksson.
Johnson is under no illusions as to the presence of other midfielders in the squad, waiting to seize their opportunity should he fall out of favour with the City staff.
'No-one's place is certain'
"Whenever a new manager comes in, no-one's place is certain," he continued.
"It's important that if you do get picked for that first game you grab the chance with both hands and do well.
"You have to raise your game when you see the players that were coming in, and who we were linked with as well. It keeps you on your toes.
"I had to improve my game myself to be sure of a place, but it's not just about me getting a place in the team, it's about the team doing well."