Adam Johnson and Pablo Zabaleta extend their stay at Manchester City

Adam Johnson
Johnson joined City from Championship side Middlesbrough in 2010

Manchester City winger Adam Johnson and defender Pablo Zabaleta have signed new contracts at the club.

England international Johnson, 24, has penned a new four-year deal that will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2016 while Zabaleta, 26, has extended his stay until 2015.

Johnson told the club's website: "This club's going places and I want to be at one of the top clubs in Europe.

"I wouldn't have signed if I didn't see a big future here."

The forward, who joined City from Middlesbrough in January 2010, added: "I'm delighted to sign, I'm just glad it's all sorted out. It was never on my mind when I was playing. You can't let that happen, contracts can take a long time these days.

"I want to become a top player, I want to keep winning things and picking up medals.

"It's great being part of it - my game's improved, I'm playing for England and in the Champions League, that probably wouldn't have happened if I hadn't come here."

Johnson has made eight league starts for City this season, scoring three goals, but was hauled off after just 39 minutes of the Champions League win over Villarreal in October.

He was then criticised by manager Roberto Mancini despite scoring in a Carling Cup win at Wolves.

Mancini said last month: "Sometimes Adam thinks, 'OK, in this game I scored one goal, I did an assist, that is enough'.

"I am disappointed when he doesn't put everything in on the pitch. My opinion is this, he has everything to become one of the top wingers."

Argentine Zabaleta, whose previous deal was due to expire next year, said: "I'm in a very good team, and I try to do my best for the club, the team and the fans.

"I didn't think twice, I gave a quick answer because I was so happy to sign."

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