De Jong wants to stay at Manchester City

After being knocked out of Euro 2012 with the Netherlands, the combative midfielder has stated his desire to help the Premier League champions add to their silverware collection
Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong has stated his desire to extend his contract at the Etihad Stadium despite the seemingly drawn out nature of discussions between the player and club so far.

De Jong helped City add the 2011-12 Premier League title to their 2011 FA Cup crown and the Dutchman is keen to help the club build on their success and add further silverware in the coming years.

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The Netherlands international's current deal runs out next summer and the club are yet to agree an extension with the midfielder.

"My contract runs for another year, so I'm in a pretty good position," De Jong told Dutch magazine NUsport.

"I want to stay [at Manchester City]. I've been at the club for three years and I’m feeling really well. I have won the FA Cup and the league title, which are the biggest trophies in England."

De Jong has also praised the transformation of the club since his arrival and despite his desire to play every game, he believes squad rotation is beneficial for the squad as a whole.

Mark Hughes signed the 27-year-old from Hamburg in January 2009 for a fee reported to be around £18 million.

"I saw the club change from complete mayhem at the training facilities into a real top club, and that's great to see," he enthused.

"It's part of the job that I occasionally warm the bench. We have a squad rotation system. I prefer to play all games, but it's all about the team.

"We eventually won the title, so it was worth it."

De Jong has recently competed at Euro 2012 where he was part of the Netherlands side that failed to progress past the group stage having lost all three of their matches.