Manchester City defender Micah Richards has expressed his delight at signing a new four-year deal with the club.
The England international right-back broke into the senior Citizens side back in 2005, and continues to be recognised as the first choice in the position at the club despite the finances available to manager Roberto Mancini.
With 186 appearances in all competitions for the club, the academy graduate is part of the furniture at the Etihad Stadium, and spoke of his joy at staying with the club after the 5-1 victory against Spurs on Sunday.
"If you've seen us today, you'd see there is no reason why I'd want to leave such an amazing club," he told the official Manchester City website.
"I've been here since I was 14-years-old and it's the only place I would ever want to be. I'm just glad it could be sorted sooner rather than later.
"I just want to knuckle down. We've got a nice international break now to rest, and we'll come back and hopefully produce something like today again."
Richards remains a shining example to the academy players at the club that despite the spending-power of the club, graduates from the youth team can still get an opportunity to play senior football for the club.
However, the player is well-aware that the challenge will be harder for youngsters at the club, with the current squad full of international calibre players.
"I think it's all about working hard and taking your chance when it comes. I think it's a lot harder now than when I came through - the team is full of superstars - but if you keep working hard and grafting week in, week out, you'll get your chance and have to take it when it's given," concluded the defender.
"I wouldn't call myself a superstar, I'm trying to get their one day though," he finished with a smile after being told he now sits in that bracket alongside Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Carlos Tevez.
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