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Contract hold up doesn't worry City midfielder

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Nigel De Jong has said that he is not worried about the delay in the renewal of his contract at Manchester City, adding that he is “still happy” at the club.

The 26-year-old midfielder, who joined the club from Hamburg in January 2009, also called for patience as he comes together with Blues bosses in an attempt to draw out a new deal.

The Dutch international appealed for calm, saying: “We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

“I’m happy playing for Manchester City so we will just have to be patient. That’s the situation for me. I’m still happy, I show commitment every day, but it’s up to the board to discuss the terms and how long. I’m not worried about it. I’ve got two years left.

“Everybody knows my status in the team – the board, the staff, the players, the kids, everyone – so that’s not a worry. It’s just a small thing in the back of my head but it’s not a major point. Negotiations are going on but I have to focus on the team and be patient.”

De Jong is half-way through his four year contract with the club, and while he is excited about the prospect of European football next year, he is hoping to renegotiate a better deal to tie his long-term future to the club.


 

“We are in the Champions League now, it’s the first time we have been in it, so for us it’s a big achievement and a big opportunity for us to show what we can do.”

De Jong also attempted to iron out a couple of other Manchester City worries that have afflicted an otherwise unbeaten pre-season tour of North America, discussing issues surrounding strike pair Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez.

"We have had a good two and a half weeks of training, [Balotelli] has played a couple of good games, he's coming across strongly in training and he's progressing every day," he began," said the Dutchman in reference to the positive impact of the Italian in training.

"He's a very talented guy and he has all the right attributes to be a world-class player. Everyone is always talking about the negative things but, as a football player, he's one of the biggest talents."

Meanwhile the former Ajax youth player tried to play down the long-running saga surrounding Carlos Tevez and his future with the Citizens.

De Jong admitted: “It's a difficult situation for all of us, difficult for the players, for Carlos himself and for the club.”

"In the end, you have to respect his decision, whatever he does. I know Carlos quite well and if he wants to be closer to his family you can't blame him for that.

“He always gives everything, so for him to make that kind of statement, it's not something he will have taken lightly."

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