Belgian international Vincent Kompany today signed a new contract with Manchester City that will see him stay at the club for the next five years.
The deal puts paid to rumours that the 23 year old would sign for Barcelona in the January transfer window, and Kompany says he is delighted with the outcome of talks.
“There has been no speculation from my side because I have just signed the new deal but it is the kind of thing you have to get used to when you play for this club now,” he told the club’s official website.
“In the end you just don’t pay attention to the speculation. City’s ambitions are my ambitions and I want to be one of the main players in a very big team.
“We are now a mature side now and the big improvements this season have been in mentality and professionalism. That is why we are better than we were last season.
“It is so much more comfortable being in a squad where everyone is giving their all.”
Kompany returned to first team action as a substitute against Wigan on Sunday after missing the opening part of the season following a toe operation in the summer, and boss Mark Hughes was pleased to have him back.
“He has been desperate to get back into action and in fact we have had to hold him back a little since his operation in the summer such was his desire to return to action,” said Hughes.
“But that is the kind of lad that he is. He is still only 23-years-old but is so mature in his outlook; that is why I made him captain last season on occasions.
“He wants to improve, he is ambitious and he is desperate for success. He was one of our most reliable performers last season and it is great that we have been able to secure his services for the next five years.
“It is another sign of our commitment to young talent. Vincent is a big part of our future.”