Joe Hart has ended speculation by putting pen to paper on a new deal at Manchester City.
The England goalkeeper has long been in talks with the club about extending his stay, and on Friday he finally signed a deal to keep him at the Etihad until 2019.
The fresh terms will see the keeper stay at City until the end of the 2018/2019 season, something that perhaps looked unlikely when summer arrival Willy Caballero displaced him for two games earlier this season.
With first team stars such as Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva having signed new deals this summer, speculation was rife that Hart and his England and City teammate James Milner would soon be joining them.
Others to have signed new deals at City this year include Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri and Aleksandar Kolarov, while Milner looks to be next.
Hart's time at City has coincided with the club's rise to the top of English football, and has seen him win two Premier League titles, as well as FA Cup and League Cup winners medals.
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The England stopper has enjoyed his success, evident in his memorable celebrations on the last day of the 2012 Premier League winning campaign, and he told the club's official website that committing his future was an easy decision.
"I’m really happy, I’ve been here a long time now and I want to keep that going," he said.
“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."
Having signed for the club in May 2006, Hart made just one league appearance in the 2006/2007 campaign as the club finished 14th in the Premier League.
Since then he's gone on to make 276 appearances for the Citizens, establishing himself as first choice for club and country in the process.
From finishing 14th in 2007, City have claimed two of the last three Premier League titles, and Hart is hopeful the success story can continue.
He said: "The Club’s growing and I’ve been really lucky to be part of the ride.
“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.
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