Joe Hart has signed a new contract with the club, keeping him at The Etihad until the 2018/19 season. He joins Edin Dzeko, Aleksandar Kolarov, Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, and David Silva in signing new long term contracts with the club this season.
This was probably a no-brainer given that Hart is English and the club are lacking in homegrown talent at the moment. Though Hart has had his ups and downs over the last few seasons, he has turned in a strong campaign so far in 2014/15, perhaps making the decision to lock him up to a long term deal even easier.
If the keeper stays through the end of his new contract that will mean City's current longest-serving player will have been at the club for 13 seasons, an impressive feat. Having arrived from Shrewsbury for less than a million pounds in 2006, Hart has racked up 276 appearances for the club over the years.
Some quotes from the OS:
"The new deal means I get to stay longer – the Club’s doing amazing things at the moment, we’ve created history and we want to keep doing that. Wanting to stay here was never going to be an issue for me - I’ve loved every moment since I joined."
"I just want to keep winning with the team and keep developing. A lot of the boys have signed long-term deals, so we’re building as a squad and I think that quite a few of us have been here for a long time now. We’re enjoying building that winning mentality, how the Club is growing is around us and how we need to grow along with it."
There are plenty of videos and stats on Hart's time at the club up on City's official site as well, so do check those out. Don't forget the poll below!