De Jong wants to end career at Man City

The Dutch midfielder arrived at Eastlands from Hamburg in January 2009, since when he has established himself as one of the most combative players in the Premier League.

And although he may be coveted across Europe, De Jong is happy where he is, and told the official Manchester City magazine, Manc: "I can't ever see myself leaving this club. City have done so much for me as a player and a person over the last two years. Now the plan is to be successful for a long time to come."

De Jong's unselfish approach has allowed more flamboyant members of the City side to strut their stuff further up the field.

Indeed, it has been suggested manager Roberto Mancini does not require a tight three-man midfield due to De Jong's presence.

However, he is keen to start getting forward more often, and maybe even break his goalscoring duck, which now extends to 84 games after he hit the post in Saturday's surprise defeat at Aston Villa.

"I am getting closer but to score a goal for City will be brilliant," he said.

"I haven't got a celebration planned, even though I've had plenty of time to think about it."

Source: PA

Source: PA