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Manchester City defensive pair to sign new long-term contracts at the club



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Nathan Ake and Rico Lewis will both sign new improved long-term contracts with Manchester City.

The treble-winners are expected to announce two contract extensions after agreeing new deals with defensive duo Nathan Ake and Rico Lewis ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

Both defenders enjoyed success last season, helping Manchester City to the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League during an historic season at the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City.

Rico Lewis made his full Premier League debut against Leeds United in December after a series of impressive cameo appearances in the Carabao Cup, UEFA Champions League and Premier League, prior to the FIFA World Cup.

The 18-year-old scored against Sevilla at the Etihad Stadium in November and went on to make 23 appearances for Manchester City over the course of the campaign.

Following a remarkable breakthrough season and two eye-catching performances in pre-season against Yokohama F. Marinos and Bayern Munich in Japan, the teenager is expected to sign a new long-term contract in the coming weeks.

Jack Gaughan reports that Lewis will sign a new five-year contract with an option for a further season, with the full-back’s salary increasing by around five times.

Furthermore, Fabrizio Romano reports that Manchester City have also agreed a new contract with Nathan Ake, with a fresh long-term deal verbally agreed on Wednesday, following talks.

The new contract is due to be sealed in the next days, with the Dutch defender becoming the latest Blues star to commit his future to the club.

Ake, who was linked with a potential return to Chelsea last summer, made 41 appearances for Manchester City during the treble-winning season.

Ake and Lewis both started as Manchester City claimed a 2-1 pre-season victory over Bayern Munich in Japan on Wednesday, with James McAtee and Aymeric Laporte netting for Pep Guardiola’s men.

Despite the expectation around Josko Gvardiol’s potential signing from RB Leipzig, Ake and Lewis appear to have cemented their place in the Catalan boss’ plans for the years to come.

City remain in negotiations with Leipzig over Gvardiol as they prepare for a possible departure for Laporte, who is understood to be wanting a move away from the Etihad Stadium for regular first-team football.