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Manchester City defender Luke Mbete has signed a new three-year contract extension with the club, keeping him in Sky Blue until at least 2027.
After securing the extensions of Cole Palmer and James McAtee last season, City have continued to tie down some of their finest youth talent.
Mbete - who made 19 Premier League 2 appearances last season - has been in and around the first team for a number of years now.
Cleary a highly rated member of the academy, Pep Guardiola handed him the honour of making his first-team debut earlier last season.
In the Carabao Cup third round, Mbete started alongside a host of young talent at the Etihad Stadium - a game that City won 6-1.
Alongside becoming a regular member of the first-team match-day squad, the defender also played a crucial role in the EDS' Premier League 2 title success.
The Blues have now convinced the youngster to sign a long-term deal and have likely shown him a pathway to even more first-team action.
“This is a very proud moment both for me and my family,” Mbete told CityTV
“I want to express my thanks to everyone at the Club for showing their faith in me.
“I have been fortunate to work under some amazing coaches throughout the Academy and to be also able to train under Pep Guardiola and the first team coaches is an incredible privilege.
“I feel I am learning and improving all the time and there couldn’t be a better Club to keep developing.
“Having signed the new contract is a fantastic feeling and now I just want to carry on contributing in the best way I can.”
He was a late substitute in City's 4-1 win over Swindon Town in the FA Cup - making an excellent last ditch tackle in stoppage time.
Also, in what turned out to be a Champions League dead-rubber, Mbete was involved in a tasty last-16 clash with Sporting CP at the Etihad Stadium.
The story of Phil Foden will give every young player hope in the academy that there is a development pathway through to the first-team squad.
Adding to that, the rise of Cole Palmer last season serves as further proof that patience is rewarded under the management of Guardiola.
City are blessed with four elite centre-back options, so Mbete is certainly in the right place if he wants to learn from the very best.
Everyone at City Xtra would like to congratulate Luke on his extension and look forward to seeing how he progresses!
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