Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has announced his delight at signing a new four-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.
The Argentine international - who moved to City from Spanish side Espanyol in 2008 - has been in devastating form for the club over the past few seasons.
He has gained recognition for his performances last season by earning a place in last season's PFA Team of the Year and winning City's Player of the Year award.
On the back of such a terrific season, the right-back has been rewarded a new deal that will see him stay at Manuel Pellegrini's side until 2017.
Zabaleta said of signing a new contract: “I think it is something special for me. I am really happy for that.
"I feel at home here at this club. That is why when the club came to me to sign a contract extension I didn't think twice.”
Zabaleta was speaking after Manchester City's impressive 4-0 win over Newcastle where David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri got on the scoresheet.
However it was not all good news for Pellegrini's side as Vincent Kompany limped off with a groin injury.
“I think he pulled his groin and obviously it is hard for the team to lose the captain," said Zabaleta on his his Manchester City teammate.
“He is one of the most important players for the team but sometimes it happens in football. We have got two games before the international break so it is important for him to have a good recovery.”
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