Date: 12th December 2014 at 10:47am
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Joe Hart’s new contract with City is a mere formality now it seems, the i’s need dotting and the t’s crossing and then we should have the ‘keeper tied down to a new long-term deal.

This deal is wildly anticipated to be for another five-years.

Five-years wouldn’t see him stay with City for the rest of his career, although it would see the best part of it spent at the Etihad and with the contract ‘pretty much sorted’ his love for City means he’s been quoted on BBC Sport as saying that he wants to stay for as long as he can.

‘I want to be here as long as I can.

‘I love this place and I love everything about Manchester City. I have been here for a long time. I feel like it is my club now.’

Should, as expected, this five-year deal be penned then it would take Hart up to the age of 32 and with ‘keepers sometimes not coming into their prime until their late 20’s, early 30’s, you would like to think that we’ve still got Hart’s very best years ahead of him.

Willy Caballero’s arrival from Malaga in the summer put pressure on Hart but he’s risen to this and should be our no.1 for many, many years to come.

Another that could yet commit his future to the club, dare I even say ‘will’ is James Milner.

Previously it looked like the England man would be moving on at the end of the season as a free agent, if not before in January as we looked to prevent that happening, but with him playing a prominent part for us this season it looks like Manuel Pellegrini has him very much in his plans.

No details of a length of contract have been reported though.

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