Hamann pens City extension

13 February 2008 09:03
Manchester City have rewarded veteran midfielder Dietmar Hamann for his impressive form this season with a one-year contract extension. The 34-year-old former Germany international has made 31 appearance at the heart of the City midfield so far this season. Hamann was again in top form as City edged out local rivals Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday. The former Newcastle United and Liverpool midfielder joined City in summer 2006 but endured an injury-plagued first season at Eastlands. However, he will now remain with the club until the end of the next campaign after putting pen to paper on a 12-month extension. Speaking last month, manager Sven-Goran Eriksson revealed his admiration for the defensive midfielder. He said: "He has been a big brother or father of the team so far. "He organises everything out there. I have been positively surprised how he has kept playing well all season. "He is very important to us and has run up and down the pitch too winning a lot of possession. "He is a great calming influence. Didi is a maestro in his position."

Source: ESA