Veteran midfielder Patrick Vieira will stay at Manchester City for another season after signing a one-year contract extension at Eastlands.
The 33-year-old France international joined the Citizens on an initial six-month deal from Internazionale in January.
The deal contained an option for the 2010/11 season should both parties be keen to continue the agreement and Vieira has now signed up for another year.
The former Arsenal captain made 14 appearances and scored one goal after being brought back to the Premier League by City boss Roberto Mancini.
The pair had worked together at Inter and Mancini was believed to be keen to bring an experienced head into the dressing room.
"The club is delighted to confirm that Patrick Vieira will be staying with City after taking up the option of a one-year extension to his contract," confirmed a club statement.
News of Vieira's extension follows the release of three experienced first-team players.
Out-of-contract trio Martin Petrov, Benjani Mwaruwari and Sylvinho were all shown the exit door at the City of Manchester Stadium on Tuesday.