Scott Carson pens 12 month contract extension at the Etihad Stadium
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 23: Zack Steffen, Ederson and Scott Carson of Manchester City celebrate with the Premier League Trophy as Manchester City are presented with the Trophy as they win the league following the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad Stadium on May 23, 2021 in Manchester, England. A limited number of fans will be allowed into Premier League stadiums as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK. (Photo by Peter Powell - Pool/Getty Images)

Manchester City's transfer activity has been pretty quiet so far this summer.

The rumour mill has been as busy as ever, with the likes of Jack Grealish and Harry Kane strongly linked with a move to East Manchester.

Whilst moves for the two Premier League favourites have yet to materialise, the hierarchy at the Etihad have been working behind the scenes on securing the permanent signature of a fan favourite veteran.

Carson Signs

The 35-year old initially joined Manchester City in the summer of 2019, arriving from Derby County on a season long loan deal.

And whilst the veteran stopper failed to make an appearance during that time, his experience and leadership off the pitch was noted as being key to the progression of Ederson & co, which earnt Carson a 12 month extension to his deal ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Carson has since established himself as a firm favourite both in the dressing room and in the terraces and, safe in the knowledge that his first choice playing days are long behind him, the Englishman had little difficulty in deciding his next move:

“To commit for another year was such an easy decision. I want to continue pushing the other goalkeepers we have here and I want to make sure my experience rubs off on them.”

The deal will see Carson remain at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2022.

A Popular Figure

Despite a lack of playing time on the pitch, Carson has become a cult figure in East Manchester.

His unexpected Manchester City debut came late last season, when Guardiola named the veteran between the sticks in their Premier League clash with Newcastle United.

It was Carson's first Premier League appearance in 3645 days, and whilst he may have conceded three goals on the evening, his second-half penalty save was met with rapturous delight from both his teammates and City fans across the globe.

It seems unlikely that we will see Carson don the Citizens jersey in a competitive fixture again, but his presence in the changing rooms will bring a much needed morale boost to the side ahead of what is expected to be another fixture laden campaign.

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