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Ibrahim signs new deal
Season 2009/10

Ibrahim signs new contract

  • 07 April 2010 15:58
  • Posted by Chris Bailey

Abdisalam Ibrahim, one of four Academy graduates already handed a first team debut by boss Roberto Mancini this season, has signed a new contract.

The 18-year-old Norwegian midfielder (pictured signing with Club Secretary Rebecca Firth) made his bow against Scunthorpe in the FA Cup back in January is delighted to have signed on the dotted line.

"I am really happy; I am going to enjoy the moment. It is really exciting for me," declared Ibrahim whose new agreement will keep him at the club until 2014.

This club is so exciting and I feel like I now know it well. I am a fan as well as a player

...Abdi Ibrahim

"The contract gives me time to learn my trade and push my cliams. I couldn't be at better club."

City’s chase for a Champions League place perhaps makes it more surprising to those outside the camp that so many graduates are given a chance to shine but to those on the receiving end of the leg up on the Premier League ladder it makes perfect sense.

“The boss has been great with me and the other lads,” praised Ibrahim.

“He’s a really good coach and he believes that if you are good enough, you are old enough and that sends a very positive message to all the young players at the club, particularly the next group of Academy players coming through.

He encourages us all and advises us on how we can improve our game and he is like that with every player, not just the younger ones

...Abdi praises Mancini approach

“He believes we can all get better and progress and I think no matter who you are, you can always progress your game.”

The icing on the cake for Abdi was seeing his boyhood hero, French International legend, Patrick Vieira, arrive at City during the January transfer window

“Patrick is a great guy – he’s done so much in his career and won so many things and to have him advising me out on the training pitch every day is fantastic,” smiled the boy Blue.

“He has my game a lot already, giving me tips on where to play and how and when to move around the pitch – he’s not a bad teacher to have, is he?

“Having said that, all the players want to help, too, including the more senior squad members. There is a great team spirit throughout the squad and I couldn’t be at a better club.”

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