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Steph Houghton: I feel very lucky to be at City

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Steph Houghton says she considers herself lucky to be a Manchester City player and declared there is a lot more to come after renewing her contract.

The City captain believes she is in the ideal place to continue to develop as a player and person both on and off the pitch and admits the support sure has received during her eight years at the Club was a decisive factor in agreeing to extend her deal.

Houghton, who has won seven trophies in her time at the Academy Stadium, considers herself fortunate to work in such an inclusive environment and remains as determined as ever to achieve more success in a sky-blue shirt.

“We’re a very together unit, whether that’s from the men's side, women’s or academy,” she said ahead of City’s game against Aston Villa.

“A big pull at this club is that everyone feels valued. I can’t say enough good words about this club. “It’s important you don't take things for granted and I feel very lucky.

“From the moment I walked in, everyday I have learned something new - on and off the pitch - and I’ve developed over every season.

“I feel very lucky to be surrounded by people who want to push me but also support me. No matter how old you are, you can always improve and that's what I'll look to do.

“Being back on pitch and having that matchday buzz is a great feeling and when you’re winning it’s an even greater feeling.

“I just want to keep playing and improving because there’s a lot more to come.”

It’s been a week of celebration for Houghton, who returned from a four-month layoff due to an ankle injury as City beat Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend and made her first start since September in the 5-0 victory over Leicester City in midweek.

The 33-year-old admits it was a difficult period for her, but with her injury worries behind her she has plenty to look forward to, not least of all the prospect of the 2022 European Championships, which will be held in England.

Houghton admits it is an exciting time to be a part of the England set-up but says her initial focus is on getting back in the City side.

“There’s nothing worse than being injured,” she added.

“You want to be involved. As a captain, I have to contribute in other ways.  It’s hard to read comments about you when you can't influence things.

“My first focus is getting back training and playing in a City shirt.

“That’s my focus over the next few weeks, getting form and confidence back.

“It’s an exciting time coming up with home euros. First I need to think about playing for City and everything else will take care of itself.”

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