Johnson beams at Basso
Gary Johnson hopes to keep shot-stopper Adriano Basso at Bristol City for as long as possible.
Last Updated: 08/07/09 8:54pm
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson hopes to keep shot-stopper Adriano Basso at the club for as long as possible.
The Brazilian goalkeeper has a year remaining on his deal at Ashton Gate and is currently considering a contract extension.
Basso, 34, signed at Ashton Gate from Woking in 2005 and has made 161 league appearances to date.
Johnson told the Bristol Evening Post: "He came here on a free transfer and has been absolutely fantastic for us. We would like to keep him around for as long as we possibly can.
"He has been a major part of the success we have enjoyed over the last few years. He has had a wonderful Bristol City career and I will be doing everything I can to keep him here."
Meanwhile, Robins new-boy Paul Hartley is aiming to bring Premier League football to the club having completed his move from Celtic.
The midfielder signed earlier this week after his contract at the Glasgow giants expired and is now looking forward to a fresh start with City.
He said: "I don't see it as a step down, but I do see it as a new challenge in a very tough league - and one I'm looking forward to.
"I've played in Scotland for the last 10 or 11 years and it's mostly two teams who dominate. It's good to have a fresh challenge and to see where we can take Bristol City.
"They are a very ambitious club with a young team. Hopefully I can come and help them progress. We have got to aim high and try to reach the goal of the Premier League."