Aleksandar Kolarov and Manchester City have agreed on a new contract that will see the Serbian defender remain with the club for the next three seasons. Kolarov himself announced the news via his personal Twitter account:
Happy to inform you that I have just extended the contract until 2018! Come on City!!! pic.twitter.com/sc9bjw1zsQ— Aleksandar Kolarov (@Kolarov13A) June 12, 2014
The club released an official statement via its website in which Kolarov expressed his joy at the faith the Citizens are showing him:
I am very happy and very proud of this new contract. I will give to this club probably the best stages of my football career and I am very happy that I continue with this club which feels now like my home.
Last season I played a lot and I think I proved to people in the club that they can believe in me and the result was that I was offered a new contract and I was happy to sign.
Kolarov was City's primary option at the left-back position in 2013-14, and following his strong season, it's no wonder the club decided that retaining his services was its main objective.
City have been quiet early in the transfer window, but the squad that won the 2013-14 Premier League trophy isn't in need of major reinforcements. Making sure a key contributor on the back line wouldn't be plying his trade elsewhere next season is a smart way of ensuring the momentum from the end of last season will carry over to the next.
Via Bundesliga Spotlight, the news means a host of clubs chasing the player's signature will be left disappointed:
Aleksandar Kolarov, who had been linked with #FCBayern, has extended his contract at Manchester City until 2018.— Bundesliga Spotlight (@BundesligaSpot) June 12, 2014
City fan and Sunday Observer contributor Lloyd Scragg was very glad when he heard the news:
Good news though. Kolarov's cut-backs in deep, wide areas was key to our success last season - revitalised under Pellegrini.— Lloyd Scragg (@lloyd_scragg) June 12, 2014
Kolarov faced uncertainty regarding his future at the start of last season, but consistent performances during 2013-14 had both fans and the club believing in the Serb once again.
Armed with a thunderous left foot and impressive athleticism, Kolarov can contribute on every level of the pitch by playing solid defence and often adding an extra dimension near the opponent's box.
He's also one of the club's funniest (and scariest) players:
With the left-back position now filled for the foreseeable future, the Citizens will have one less area of the pitch to worry about going into the summer transfer window.