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Zinchenko extends contract until 2024

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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne (L) and Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko celebrate with the trophy after winning the English FA Cup Final between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain on May 18, 2019. Manchester City won 6-0 and became the first English men's side to achieve the feat of winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup in the same season. (Xinhua/Han Yan)

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City defender Oleksandr Zinchenko has signed a three-year extension to his contract which will keep him at the club until 2024, the Premier League champions said yesterday.

Ukraine international Zinchenko, who was signed by City in 2016, made 29 appearances in all competitions last season, where City won an unprecedented domestic treble of the league, FA Cup and League Cup.

The deal comes a day after City extended defender Kyle Walker’s contract till the end of the 2023-24 season. “It’s difficult to express how happy I am to sign this deal,” Zinchenko said in a statement on the club’s website.

“This season shows we are built for success. It’s been amazing to be involved in such a historic campaign and it’s one I’ll never forget.

“But I am now completely focused on the coming years and I know more good times are around the corner.” The 22-year-old impressed at left back last season, filling in for the injured Benjamin Mendy who only featured 14 times in all competitions.

“His (Zinchenko) improvement since joining us tells you everything you need to know about his attitude and ability,” City director of football Txiki Begiristain said.

“Young, hungry and already an established international, he fits perfectly into our long-term strategy. We are delighted he wants to stay here.”

Meanwhile, the club also said Ireland defender Megan Campbell signed a one-year contract extension which will keep her with the women’s team until 2020. The 25-year-old won the FA Cup and League Cup last season with City.

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