Manchester City and captain Vincent Kompany reached an agreement on a contract extension that will keep the talented defender at Etihad Stadium through 2019.
City announced the new deal on their official site. Kompany talked about the progress that's been made since he completed a move from Hamburg six years ago and the bright future ahead.
"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," he said.
Do you agree with City giving Kompany a long-term deal?
"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."
Among the club's accomplishments during his tenure are two Premier League titles along with one trophy each in the FA Cup, Capital One Cup and the Community Shield.
He's appeared in nearly 250 matches across all competitions for the Sky Blues. It was clear from the moment he stepped foot on the pitch for City that he was a special talent, and he's remained a stalwart in the center of defense ever since.
WhoScored.com passed along a stat to illustrate the stability he provides at the back:
Vincent Kompany: Has made more tackles (284) than any other centre-back in the last 4 Premier League seasons #mcfc— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 13, 2014
Kompany has also displayed his value by moving forward to help the attack. He's scored 11 Premier League goals for City, including a career-high four last season. When he's in top form, there are few defenders who can match his all-around impact.
Looking ahead, the Belgian international should be nearing the peak of his powers at age 28. That's why it was wise for City to lock him up to a new contract now before his price tag potentially goes up or other interested clubs come calling about a transfer.
He's dealt with some injury issues over the past couple seasons. Overcoming those is key to make the new contract a success for both sides. His influence when healthy is palpable, but it's impossible to make contributions while sitting on the bench with various ailments.
City are willing to take that risk to keep him in the fold for five more years.