Houghton: I'm in the best shape of my career!

Manchester City are delighted to announce captain Steph Houghton has signed a new contract.

The centre-back has put pen to paper on a two-year deal, keeping her at the Club until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

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Skipper Houghton, 31, has amassed 160 appearances for City since making the move to Manchester from Arsenal in 2014 and has led Nick Cushing’s side to a clean sweep of domestic silverware with three Continental Cups, two FA Cups and a league title, plus consecutive Women’s Champions League semi-finals.

Admired for her leadership, dedication, passion – and trademark stunning free-kicks – the defender has played a pivotal role in the Club’s success, and hopes to guide the team to further glory in sky blue.

“I’m really delighted,” she declared. “I’ve been here for six years and I’ve been made to feel at home – this is my Club and I’ve enjoyed so many amazing memories here so far, winning trophies and with the players I’ve played with and manager I’ve worked under.

“I’ve seen the Club from the beginning – back when we only had five professional players – and I’ve seen the Club grow to be the best Club in England and if not Europe.

“I came here with the intention of winning trophies, bettering myself as an individual and a player, playing for a team who plays good football and could be the best in England. I believe this Club can go as far as it wants to go.

“Both on and off the pitch, the Club has developed me as a player and a person, having the people we have around us, the unbelievable facilities and Stadium. It’s a special place for me and my family live in Manchester now. It was a pretty easy decision!

“My only thought was to have my future here for the next few years and I’m really happy.”