Hart signs five-year deal
Joe Hart has committed his long-term future to Man City by signing a new five-year contract.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 26/10/08 4:06pm
Joe Hart has committed his long-term future to Manchester City by signing a new five-year contract with the ambitious Eastlands club.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper was already under contract until 2010 but was keen for a new deal after establishing himself as City's first-choice keeper last season and becoming an England international over the summer.
The former Shrewsbury keeper turned down a new offer at the end of last season although he put pen to paper on Sunday after talks re-opened last month.
"I'm very pleased that Joe has signed this contract," manager Mark Hughes told the club's official website.
"Our young players are a huge part of our plans for this club, and securing the services of one of the most promising keepers in the country was key to what we are doing here."
Hart, who joined City from Shrewsbury in May 2006, follows promising midfielder Michael Johnson in signing a long-term deal with the Blues.
Hughes insists the club are determined to keep hold of their best youngsters despite substantial transfer funds being injected into the club following their Abu Dhabi takeover.