Bernardo Silva is the latest Manchester City star to commit his long-term future by signing a three-year contract extension until 2025.
The Portugal international has become the 11th player to renew with the Premier League champions since January 2018.
It is believed his new deal is worth in excess of £150,000 a week, the prize for a stunning second season at the Etihad Stadium. Real Madrid had been tracking his progress.
Silva has flourished this year and become one of the first names on Pep Guardiola’s team sheet. He has followed the likes of Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte and Ederson in signing a new lengthy contract.
The 24-year-old is a hugely popular figure around the club and was nicknamed Pablo Picasso by team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
‘It’s an honour to extend my deal with Manchester City,’ Silva said. ‘This club offers everything a player needs to fulfil their ambitions and there’s nowhere else I want to be.
‘As soon as I heard City wanted me to stay longer, my mind was made up. I love the club, the manager, the players and the fans.
‘The style of football we play here excites me, and I am determined to win more silverware. City gives me the best chance of doing that.’
Guardiola has been effusive in his praise of Silva and recently said he is already the ‘big star’ of the Portugal side that still boasts Cristiano Ronaldo.
City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain added: ‘Bernardo is an exceptional talent, so offering him a new deal and ensuring he spends the best years of his career with us was a very easy decision.
‘This is the latest example of our commitment to building a young squad of world-class players.
‘We are constructing a side that will provide a platform for sustained success. Bernardo fits neatly into our plan.
‘His work-rate, professionalism and technical quality have impressed us and there is plenty of scope for improvement.
‘Under the guidance of Pep and the backroom staff we have here, we expect to see him develop into one of the world’s best players over the coming years.’