Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to join a number of his teammates by committing his future to the Premier League champions by signing a new long-term deal.
The Telegraph claim talks are ongoing between Hart and the City hierarchy, with the goalkeeper expected to put pen to paper on a five-year contract which will see him remain at the Etihad Stadium until 2019.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini has had a productive summer in terms of keeping hold of his star names, with no fewer than five first-team regulars signing new deals.
Having recaptured the Premier League title from fierce rivals Manchester United, City immediately set about offering new deals to their existing stars.
Club captain Vincent Kompany was joined by striker Sergio Aguero and playmakers David Silva and Samir Nasri in signing five-year extensions, while Edin Dzeko agreed terms on a deal which will keep him at the club for a further four years.
Now City hope resident number one Hart will become the sixth star to pen new terms, despite the arrival of Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero.
Hart has been the club's first-choice shot stopper for the previous four seasons, although he did briefly lose his place to Costel Pantilimon last term.
With the Romanian having joining fellow Premier League club Sunderland this summer, Pellegrini opted to bring in his former Malaga goalkeeper Caballero to provide competition for Hart.
So far this season England number one Hart has been the preferred choice between the sticks, and City fans will hope the presence of a genuine competitor for the gloves will help get the best out of the talented 27-year-old.
Long term ambition
Following the departure of defender Micah Richards, who moved to Serie A side Fiorentina on a season-long loan, Hart is now the club's longest serving player, having moved to the Etihad in 2006.
With a new deal on the cards, Hart has showed no signs of wanting to move on and told The Telegraph: "I've been lucky enough to be here a long time, I've seen the ambition grow and grow.
“It's a fair expectancy, it's a fair belief because we've got great players and great people around the club.I'm proud to have been here a long time and I'm really enjoying being part of Manchester City."
Last season saw Hart add a second Premier League title and a League Cup winners medal to his growing list of honours, and he believes his teammates are hungry for more success. He said: “We've had a good year under this manager and we feel ready to kick on. This club wants to do well - and nobody wants to do better than this group of players.”
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