Nigel de Jong in 'good position' over contract at Manchester City

 

Nigel de Jong has declared himself happy at Manchester City and believes he is in a "good position" with regards to his contract, which is moving into its final season.

There has been plenty of speculation over the future of the 27-year-old midfielder due to his failure thus far to agree a new deal at the club he joined from Hamburg in 2009 for a fee reported to be around £18million.

But the Holland international has told Dutch magazine NU Sport he wants to remain at the Etihad Stadium.

"My contract runs for another year, so I'm in a pretty good position," he said.

"I would like to stay. I've been at the club for more than three years and I'm enjoying myself.

"I have won the two biggest trophies in England - the FA Cup and the league title.

"I've seen the club develop from total chaos with the training facilities into a top club, and that's very satisfying to see."

De Jong started only 11 league games last term, having battled an ankle problem early on and then struggled to break back into the side.

However, he played a key role in City's late charge to the title as they overturned Manchester United's eight-point advantage in the final month of the campaign.

"It is part of the job that I sometimes sit on the bench," De Jong said. "We have a rotation system. Ideally I would play in every game, but the team comes first and we won the title, so it was all worth it."

 

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