Manchester City captain Steph Houghton has signed a new, extended contract with the Women's Super League side.
The club's all-time record appearance-maker and England captain has won seven trophies at the club.
Houghton described signing a new deal as "the easiest decision" she has made.
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“Once the talks started, there was only ever going to be one outcome and it was the easiest decision I’ve ever made, to commit my future to this football club and continue on this unbelievable journey.
“The eight years I’ve been here so far have flown by – when people say how long it is, I really can’t believe it! For me though, it’s always been about being at Manchester City and being a part of this club, for now and for the future.
“That’s why I wanted to commit – to really show my loyalty to my team, to my club and to everybody who has helped me along the way so far.”
Houghton joined Manchester City from Arsenal ahead of the 2014 WSL season.
She helped her club to the WSL title two years later, the defender's third overall.
The 33-year-old made her return from a serious knee injury in the 6-0 win against Brighton on Sunday.
“It’s been a really good week with me making my comeback from injury too – it’s been a really tough four months, but I’m just so happy to be back on the pitch now," added Houghton.
Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor hailed Houghton, who was awarded an MBE in 2016, as a positive influence on and off the pitch.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that Steph has committed her immediate future to City,” he said.
What she has contributed to this club and women’s football as a whole throughout her career so far is incredible – she is a true legend of the game in all senses of the word.
“Not only does she give everything she has on the pitch, she also maintains the highest level of commitment off it in terms of supporting her teammates and helping them to improve, and that sums up just how much of a consummate professional she is."
Victory over Brighton lifted Taylor's side, who have struggled particularly at the back in the absence of Houghton and Lionesses teammate Lucy Bronze, up to fifth in the WSL table.
They are nine points behind leaders Arsenal after ten league games.
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