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City 100: Staying power and Foden's teen spirit

SIGNED AND SEALED: David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne were amongst those to sign new Manchester City contracts in the 2017/18 season

SIGNED AND SEALED: David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne were amongst those to sign new Manchester City contracts in the 2017/18 season

Ton up! In celebration of our City Centurions' remarkable, record-smashing season, we are running a 100-themed summer feature...

With your help, we fondly recall '100 reasons to smile' from our sensational 2017/18 campaign, which ended in spectacular fashion as the Blues clinched an unprecedented 100 Premier League points.

Share your favourite memories from an incredible season - the awesome, the eye-catching; the heart-warming and pride-inducing - on Twitter @ManCity, no matter how big or small... and yours could be featured over the next few weeks.

27Staying power

It wasn’t just on the field that there were myriad reasons to smile for City and our loyal fans during the 2017/18 season.

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Off it too the good news just kept on coming throughout the season, most notably with a raft of new contract renewals for key players.

First up was last October’s confirmation that midfield marvel Kevin De Bruyne had signed a new five-year deal with the Club, tying Kevin to City until 2023.

It was just reward for a stunning season by the 26-year-old Belgian who finished the season as the Premier League’s leading assist-maker

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Just over a month later, KDB’s midfield colleague David Silva also extended his stay at City by agreeing a new one-year contract extension.

El Mago arguably had his finest-season yet in a City shirt and, along with De Bruyne was one of the towering figures in the Club’s Premier League and Carabao Cup triumphs.

And at the age of 32, the Spanish midfield maestro demonstrated he is getting better and better each season and revelling under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola.

The advent of the New Year saw even more positive news with fellow midfielder Fernandinho agreeing a new two-year with the Club.

Described by manager Guardiola as one of the ‘three best holding midfielders in the world,’ Ferna was another to enjoy his best-season todate, having joined the Club from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.

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The good news kept on coming in January with defender Nicolas Otamendi following suit by signing a new contract committing him to the Club until 2022.

The Argentine central defender was a veritable rock at the heart of the City back-line and his magnificent season was recognised by his fellow professionals when he was named in the PFA’s Premier League team of the season.

More excellent news was then confirmed in May with the revelation that goalkeeper Ederson had signed a new deal committing him to the Club until 2025.

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The Brazilian enjoyed a magnificent first season at City following his move from Benfica, keeping 21 clean sheets and earning a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

28Teen spirit

The exciting emergence of teenager Phil Foden was another of the many highlights in City’s historic season.

The 18-year-old, who hails from Stockport, impressed on last summer’s pre-season tour to the United States and then emerged as a one of the central figures for England at the FIFA Un17 World Cup in India.

Not only did Phil help England lift the trophy, he was also won the Golden Ball awarded to the tournament’s best player.

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He then made his senior debut for the City against Feyenoord in the Champions League, becoming the Club’s youngest-ever player to figure in European competition.

Phil then became the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League game when he played against Shakhtar Donetsk and he went to make a number of impressive cameo appearances in the Premier League, and came on off the bench in the last match of the season at Southampton to qualify for a Premier League winners’ medal.

Not bad for a first season’s work in the senior ranks!




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World Cup A-Z: N is for Netherlands

FLASHPOINT: Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands challenges Spain's Xabi Alonso during the 2010 World Cup final

We continue our A-Z of the World Cup by focusing on the Netherlands and their City midfield fulcrum Nigel de Jong...

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England look to make it sweet 16

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling will be bidding to help England to more World Cup success against Panama

The nation’s eyes will focused on England this lunchtime as Gareth Southgate’s men bid to seal their place in the last 16 of the World Cup when they tackle Panama.

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Media Watch: Walker's World Cup Pep talk

WORLD CUP PEP TALK: England and City defender Kyle Walker was boosted by a phone call from Pep Guardiola

All eyes are on England today as they prepare for their second World Cup group game against Panama and, not surprisingly, events at Russia 2018 dominate today’s Media Watch.

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