Manchester City's young England star Micah Richards has revealed that he is very close to signing a new long-term contract with the Citizens.
The 19-year-old defender's current deal runs until the summer of 2010, but he is prepared to commit himself to an even longer contract after making a meteoric rise in the game.
He told BBC Sport: "I am very happy at City. Hopefully we will have something signed very soon.
"To me the most important thing now for my England chances with Euro 2008 coming up is to be playing week-in week-week out.
"If I am at City then I am hopefully going to be doing that, so it will be the best thing for me.
"I have been offered a new contract and, although I have not signed anything yet, it should be sorted out soon.
"We are aiming for the top ten at least, but things are not going to happen overnight. In our first three games we got the results. The last two games have not been so good, but it is a long season.
"We did well to get nine points from our first three games so you can look at it both ways.
"Before the season started we would have taken having nine points from our first five games."