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I want to remain at Manchester City, insists Nigel de Jong

Midfielder says he is in 'good position' at Etihad Stadium, despite only having a year remaining on current contract.

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong insists he is happy to stay at the club - despite only having one year remaining on his contract.

The Holland international joined City from Hamburg in 2009 for a fee reported to be around £18 million (Dh104million).

There has been plenty of speculation over the future of the 27-year-old midfielder after to his failure to agree a new deal at the English Premier League champions.

But despite that, the midfielder says he wants to remain at the Etihad Stadium.

"My contract runs for another year, so I'm in a pretty good position," he told Dutch magazine NU Sport.

"I would like to stay. I've been at the club for more than three years and I'm enjoying myself.

"I have won the two biggest trophies in England - the FA Cup and the league title.

"I've seen the club develop from total chaos with the training facilities into a top club, and that's very satisfying to see."

De Jong started only 11 league games last term, having battled an ankle problem early on and then struggled to break back into the side.

However, he played a key role in City's late charge to the title as they overturned Manchester United's eight-point advantage in the final month of the campaign.

"It is part of the job that I sometimes sit on the bench," De Jong said. "We have a rotation system. Ideally I would play in every game, but the team comes first and we won the title, so it was all worth it."