Elano pledges future to City
Elano is ready to sign a new contract with Manchester City. The Brazilian midfielder is coming to the end of his second season at Eastlands and has rediscovered the form which made him such a crowd favourite when he was snapped up from Shakhtar Donetsk by Sven-Goran Eriksson.
Yet for a lot of this season, it seemed the £8million midfielder would be destined for the exit door. Elano was hit by one club fine after expressing his irritation at Mark Hughes' team selection and there have been frequent rumours the pair still do not see eye-to-eye.
However, with fellow countryman Robinho pledging his future to City, there appears to have been a thaw in relations between Elano and his manager. And the 28-year-old has admitted he would be happy to extend his stay.
"This is the end of my second season with City and if it were up to me I would be sat around a table discussing a contract extension right now," Elano told the official Manchester City magazine. "I would love to renew my contract at City and remain here for a long time. I love England and I enjoy living in Manchester. I am very happy here."
Having scored twice - both from the penalty spot - in his last three games as replacement for Shaun Wright-Phillips on the right side of midfield, Elano is set to play a major role in City's bid to reach the new Europa League.
Currently two places and three points off the all-important seventh spot, the Blues entertain Blackburn on Saturday knowing a victory will put them right in the frame with three matches of the season remaining.