Manchester City skipper Richard Dunne has ended doubts about his future at the club by signing a new four-year contract with the Citizens.
The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international had been linked with the likes of Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur, but has now committed himself to City until the summer of 2012.
He told the club's official website: "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 manager's 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.
"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 and concentrate on the season ahead."
Hughes himself added: "I'm delighted with the outcome and Richard's 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."