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By Charlotte Harpur
13 January 2022 3:32 PM GMT
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Manchester City captain Steph Houghton has signed a contract extension.

Houghton, 33, joined City just over eight years ago and, although the club have not revealed the length of her contract, they say she has “committed her immediate future to the club”.

The England captain has been out for four months having suffered an ankle injury ahead of England’s meeting with North Macedonia in September.

She made her return, however, last weekend coming on as a substitute in City’s 6-0 thrashing against Brighton. She also started in their 5-0 Continental Cup win over Leicester on Wednesday evening.

“I’m delighted to sign an extension here at City,” she said.

“Once the talks started, there was only ever going to be one outcome and it was the easiest decision I’ve ever made, to commit my future to this football club and continue on this unbelievable journey.

“It’s been a really good week with me making my comeback from injury too — it’s been a really tough four months, but I’m just so happy to be back on the pitch now.

“The eight years I’ve been here so far have flown by — when people say how long it is, I really can’t believe it! For me though, it’s always been about being at Manchester City and being a part of this club, for now and for the future.

“That’s why I wanted to commit — to really show my loyalty to my team, to my club and to everybody who has helped me along the way so far.”

Head coach Gareth Taylor added: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Steph has committed her immediate future to City.

“What she has contributed to this club and women’s football as a whole throughout her career so far is incredible — she is a true legend of the game in all senses of the word.

“Not only does she give everything she has on the pitch, she also maintains the highest level of commitment off it in terms of supporting her teammates and helping them to improve, and that sums up just how much of a consummate professional she is.

“Her contributions and dedication to the team and the club as a whole are so incredibly important, with the successes and records she has achieved so far testament to that.

“It has been such a privilege working with her over the last year-and-a-half and I’m incredibly excited to continue that moving forwards.”

Houghton has made a record 206 appearances for City, claiming the Women’s Super League title, three Women’s FA Cups and three Continental Tyres Cups since arriving in 2013.

(Photo: Lynne Cameron – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)
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