Manchester City captain Richard Dunne has today penned a new four-year contract with the Club.
The 28-year-old defender was linked with summer moves away from the City of Manchester Stadium, but following talks with Manager Mark Hughes, the Irish international swiftly signed a deal that ties him to the Blues until at least 2012.
After completing the paperwork, Dunne exclusively told mcfc.co.uk: “I’m delighted with it.
“My first priority is, was and always has been to stay at City because I’ve enjoyed it so much and I feel really settled here.
“When Mark Hughes got the job I think everyone was really pleased and I was thrilled that he seemed to make it a priority to sort my contract out. I’m delighted to be able to stay.”
I'm pleased now that it's all been signed and sealed and I can relax a bit more now and concentrate on the season ahead.
City Manager Hughes himself added: "I'm delighted with the outcome and Richard is a really important player for us.
“It was one of my priorities when I took the job that I made sure that he was one of the players we needed to keep."
And Dunne revealed that his City stay didn’t take long to agree once Hughes had taken over as Blues boss: “As soon as he did we started to talk. It was literally a couple of days and it was all done and dusted.
“I’m pleased now that it’s all been signed and sealed and I can relax a bit more now and concentrate on the season ahead.”