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Hart signs new City deal

08 Aug 2011 11:54:00

Hart signs new City deal

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a new five-year contract that commits him to the club until 2016. The 24-year-old has fought off the challenge of Shay Given to establish himself as first choice at Eastlands. He told the club's official website: "I'm absolutely delighted to have signed a new deal and it is a very exciting time to be a City player. "I can't think of myself being anywhere other than City and it really feels like home. I feel very privileged to be staying here for another five years. "I've got a lot of love for this club, the way we're moving forward and for the fans who have been fantastic towards me from day one." Hart joined City from Shrewsbury for £600,000 in 2006 and has also taken over the position as England first-choice goalkeeper. He set a new club record for clean sheets last season, and has paid tribute to Given's influence - the Republic of Ireland stopper has now moved to Aston Villa. Hart added: "When I signed from Shrewsbury it was always my aim to become the number one here and I was prepared to do anything to achieve that, including going out on loan a few times to prove my worth. "Shay's influence on me has been massive and being able to work alongside him has brought my game on tremendously. "I've lost a close friend and a fantastic team-mate but I'll keep in touch and talk with him on a regular basis."


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