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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 September, 2004, 09:00 GMT 10:00 UK
Barton signs new City deal
Joey Barton
Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton has signed a new three-year contract.

His deal had been due to run out at the end of the season but the 22-year-old wants to see his career out at City.

"There was speculation I would move but I have stated I want to stay here and be part of a successful Manchester City. Hopefully we can get that."

"There was no decision to make. If I can stay in the team and enjoy it I will stay here for the rest of my career," Barton told the club website.

The Liverpudlian, a product of the City Academy, was delighted to extend his association with the Eastlands club.

"My agent was in on Tuesday morning and as soon as he told me he had a deal I put pen to paper in the afternoon," Barton revealed.

"The club were happy and I was certainly happy and wanted to get it done and dusted as soon as I could.

"The new deal will take me up to the age of 24 when we will assess the situation again."

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