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Pellegrini believes more stars will sign new deals

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful that more of his squad will commit to long-term contracts in the coming days.

The Premier League champions have enjoyed a remarkable few days with captain Vincent Kompany, playmaker David Silva and star striker Sergio Aguero all signing new five-year deals.

Samir Nasri and Aleksandar Kolarov agreed fresh terms earlier in the summer, while, in a further statement of ambition, £32million defender Eliaquim Mangala joined the club on a five-year contract on Monday. Pellegrini believes all are proof of the positive direction of the club and he is expecting more good news.

The Chilean said: "I think it is very important for the club to retain the best players.

"I think it is also important for the club that they want to stay here because they are working very well and this is a club that has a lot of ambition for the future. They understand that.

"Maybe you will know in the next few days about other players who extend their contracts."

Recent comments from striker Edin Dzeko have suggested that he could be nearing a new deal following positive talks.

Mangala, meanwhile, is not ready to make his debut, as City open the defence of their title at Newcastle tomorrow.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has had little time to settle in since arriving from Porto and Pellegrini is keen for him to work more in training.

"Mangala needs to work more with the team to be able to play," Pellegrini said. "It will not be this weekend."

A number of other players who did not feature in last week's Community Shield loss to Arsenal, most notably Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Fernandinho and Frank Lampard are expected to come into contention.

Aguero, last season's top scorer despite being hampered by injuries in the second half of the campaign, has also not been completely ruled out.

The Argentinian is still to reach full fitness after suffering a groin injury at the World Cup, even though it still seems unlikely he will play at St James' Park. Alvaro Negredo, who broke a metatarsal pre-season, is the only player ruled out through injury.


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