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Three-year deal extension for Zinchenko

20th June 2019, 12:36 by Craig Smithson

Versatile starlet Oleksandr Zinchenko will remain at Manchester City until 2024 after being handed a new three-year deal extension.

The 22-year-old Ukraine international, who can play in midfield and full-back, moved to City from FC Ufa in 2016 and, following a loan spell with PSV Eindhoven, he has gone on to make 43 appearances for the Citizens since the start of the 2017-18 season.

Zinchenko made 10 league appearances in place of the injured Benjamin Mendy in 2017-18 to help City win the title with 100 points and then enjoyed 29 outings in all competitions last term as the side won the domestic treble.

On his deal, Zinchenko, whose only City goal to date came in the 9-0 Carabao Cup semi-final, home-leg win against Burton in January, told the club's website: "It's difficult to express how happy I am to sign this deal. This club offers players everything they need to improve and develop, so being here for five more years is an honour.

"This season shows we are built for success. It's been amazing to be involved in such a historic campaign and it's one I'll never forget.

"But I am now completely focused on the coming years and I know more good times are around the corner."

City director of football Txiki Begiristain added: "Zinchenko has shown over the past two seasons what a superb talent he is.

"Not only does he have a wonderful first touch and left foot, he is a player completely focused on becoming the best footballer he can be.

"His improvement since joining us tells you everything you need to know about his attitude and ability.

"Young, hungry and already an established international, he fits perfectly into our long-term strategy. We are delighted he wants to stay here."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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