Tuesday 10 July 2012
Manager Roberto Mancini has committed his immediate future to Manchester City after agreeing a new five-year contract with the Barclays Premier League club.
The deal, which will keep the Italian at the Etihad Stadium until summer 2017, is Mancini's reward for guiding the club to their first Premier League title.
City won their first title in 44 years in dramatic fashion by scoring two late goals to overcome Queens Park Rangers 3-2 in the final game of the season.
"The opportunity which exists to build on our recent success is enormous."
- Roberto Mancini
"I am delighted to be able to give all of my efforts to Manchester City for a further five years," Mancini told the club's official website.
"The opportunity which exists to build on our recent success is enormous.
"Manchester City is a fantastic football club, from the owner, chairman, board and the executive team, through to the players, staff and fans. I am very much looking forward to the challenges and excitement ahead."
Interim Chief Executive Officer John MacBeath added: "Roberto's managerial credentials have been well proven in Europe for many years and in leading a team which has won the FA Cup and an unforgettable Barclays Premier League title in successive seasons, his ability to manage in the English domestic game is also undisputed.
"This new agreement allows Roberto to focus on the challenge of guiding a team which is capable not only of defending the Premier League title, but one which can compete for European honours."
Mancini's charges begin their Barclays Premier League title defence against newly promoted Southampton on Sunday August 19th.