Dedryck Boyata has penned a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2014.
The new deal is the icing on the cake for the former Academy graduate who is still pinching himself after breaking into the team shortly after Roberto Mancini’s arrival at the club.
Now the 19-year-old Belgian defender is looking forward to what he hopes will be a long and successful career with the Blues.
“I still can’t believe how fast things have moved for me in the past few months,” he said. “I knew there were discussions going on about me but I stayed completely out of it and just focused on my game.
“I’m thrilled at thought of being here another four years and it proves that our Academy is as productive as ever.
“City are one of the best clubs in Europe and I couldn’t be happier.”
City boss Mancini had no qualms about pitching Boyata in at the deep end, particularly during the Carling Cup semi-finals with Manchester United.
“I am delighted that Dedryck has signed.
I brought him into the side in some high pressure contests earlier in the season and he showed he could handle the situation with calmness
"I think he impressed a lot of people with his maturity, especially in the games against United."
“He is a young man learning how to be the best player he possibly can be and will continue to improve. I am a manager that puts a lot of faith in bringing players through the Academy system and have been pleased to give several City players their chance to play in the first team.
‘They train often with us at Carrington so they are used to being around the senior players and it is not so much of a shock if I call them into the team.
‘Hopefully, Dedryck will be the first of a several of our young players to win longer contracts with this club.”
Watch our exclusive interview with Boyata, filmed shortly after the contract had been signed.