Clichy signs new Man City contract

Gael Clichy has extended his contract with Manchester City, the Daily Mail has learned.

The Frenchman moved to the club from Arsenal at the start of last season, and has become an integral part of the Citizens backline, displacing Aleksander Kolarov to be regular first choice left- back. He has now committed his future to City until the end of the 2016-17 campaign, despite not winning any silverware with the club this season.

Clichy told the club’s official website: “I’m really happy to have agreed a new deal with City and I’m already looking forward to next season. Things didn’t go the way we wanted them to this year but we’ll come back stronger next season and learn from this experience.

Current caretaker boss Brian Kidd added: “Gael is a crucial member of this team and we’re all delighted he’s committed his future to Manchester City. We are building a side that will challenge for honours for years to come and to do that, you need top quality players – Gael comfortably fits into the bracket.

The 27-year-old won the Premier League title in his first season at Eastlands, and has made 74 appearances for the club. He has been capped 17 times by France and was part of the Les Bleus squad that reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 under former manager Laurent Blanc.

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