Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has signed a new five-year contract with the club, the Premier League champions announced yesterday.
Kompany (28) is the most successful captain in the club's history and penned the new deal to keep him at City until 2019.
"When I arrived in 2008, I could never have dreamed that we could achieve what we have over the last six years but, for me, this is just the start of the journey," Kompany, who also captains Belgium, said.
"Lifting two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup have been four of the best days of my life but I believe that there are many more of these occasions ahead."
Since moving to the Etihad Stadium from Hamburg SV six years ago, Kompany has established himself as an integral part of the City defence and one of the finest defenders in Europe.
He joins Aleksandar Kolarov, Samir Nasri and David Silva in agreeing a new contract at the big-spending club ahead of thenew Premier League season which kicks off at at Newcastle United on Sunday.
"This team is stronger now than it's ever been; we have competition for places in every position and a dressing room full of exceptional, motivated people who want to continue making history together.
"There are so many new landmarks and records to chase and I hope signing this new contract is taken as a statement of intent that I want to keep fighting for trophies for this special club."
"We have a common goal and so much to look forward to - a family of clubs, the opening of City Football Academy, exciting players coming through our youth system - why would I go anywhere else?"
He was appointed City captain in the summer of 2011, and helped the club to the Premier League title in his first full season wearing the armband - his memorable headed goal in the 1-0 win over rivals Manchester United proving one of the pivotal moments of a dramatic run-in.