JOAO CANCELO has handed Manchester City a boost by signing a new contract – which keeps him at the Etihad until summer 2027.
The Portuguese full-back has been one of the outstanding performers for Pep Guardiola’s champions over the last couple of years.
And he won praise from the boss earlier this month for his exemplary attitude in the aftermath of an horrific break in at his home.
His previous contract – reported to be worth around £80,000 a week – was due to run until 2025 so he has been handed a two year extension on improved terms.
Cancelo – who arrived from Juventus for £60 million in summer 2019 – said; “This new contract means I now have complete focus on improving my game and winning more trophies with this team.
“City players have everything they need to reach their full potential, with amazing facilities, world-class teammates and an incredible manager who pushes us every single day.
“There is nowhere better to play football and it’s a pleasure to work here. I have so much I want to achieve before my career ends, and Manchester City offers me the best chance of fulfilling my ambitions.”
Cancelo struggled to settle after arriving in Manchester and there were even questions whether he would last a year.
However since getting a run in the team, he has never looked back and his importance to City has only increased following the long-term suspension of Benjamin Mendy.
While right-back is his best position, he has filled in on the opposite flank many times. He has now made 106 appearances and won three major trophies at City.
Director of football Txiki Begiristain said the 27-year-old is a ‘manager’s dream’ because of his versatility.
He said; “Joao is the ultimate professional. He absolutely loves football and applies himself every single day in a bid to become better.
“He sets really high standards, and any young player should observe the way Joao applies himself if they want a blueprint for success.
“Not only does he have incredible talent, he also displays perfect dedication to this sport. That’s why he can play so many games at such a high level.
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“His consistency during the last two seasons has been amazing. He is so versatile. Whether he plays right-back, left-back or in midfield, he operates at the same high level.
“That is a dream for a manager.”
City are hopeful they can resume contract talks with winger Raheem Sterling before the end of the season.
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