Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has signed a new five-year contract which will keep him at the club until 2017.
As exclusively revealed by Goal.com, City opened discussions over a three-year deal with Mancini in May, but the length of the agreement has been improved considerably following negotiations with the Italian and his agent.
And the former Inter boss revealed his happiness to have penned a new deal, telling the club's official website: "I am delighted to be able to give all of my efforts to Manchester City for a further five years.
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"I am very much looking forward to the challenges and excitement ahead."
Mancini had reportedly been keen to sign a new deal as early as March but, as Goal.com revealed then, talks were put on ice until the summer as the Abu Dhabi-based owners waited to assess City's progress.
However, following the club's landmark league title win, their first in 44 years, the Italian has been backed as the man to bring Champions League success to the Etihad Stadium - quashing reports that he had been headhunted to coach the Russia national team on an exorbitant contract.
City's interim chief executive officer John MacBeath expressed his belief that the former Inter boss has evidenced his pedigree in both the English and European game.
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"This new agreement allows Roberto to focus on the challenge of guiding a team which is capable not only of defending the Premier League title, but one which can compete for European honours."