Manchester City can confirm that Dietmar Hamann has earnt an extra year on his current contract.
The German midfielder's form this term has been a revelation after injuries ruined his first year at City, with commentators from across the media hailing his performance in Sunday’s derby as crucial to City’s first win at Old Trafford in 34 years.
Well deserved, and in the light of his performances this season, not unexpected.
He was one of the players that I thought were 'on the block' in the light of Sven taking over at the club, largely on the back of his disastrous season with us during 2006/07 where injuries resulted in him never getting a run in the side.
From a reliable source, I was told (last season) that Hamman found the training and fitness methods at City (under Pearce) totally at odds with the set up he was used to at Liverpool, and this could well explain his lack of fitness (and ability to stay fit). It could also be said that he may well have simply found it difficult to adjust to a new club and new surroundings.
Whatever the issues of last season though, this year he has been a revelation and the quality in his play has really been something, and a definite lesson for the younger midfielders on the books.He is, in my opinion, probably the current leader in the player of the year race as well.