Vladimir Weiss has signed a new contract with Manchester City, keeping him at Eastlands until 2012.
The 20-year-old Slovakia winger has been on the fringes of Mark Hughes' first-team squad this season but has made three appearances in the Carling Cup, scoring his first goal for the club in the 3-0 win over Arsenal.
Weiss, who signed for City as a teenager, has a host of international stars blocking his route to the first XI but is held in high regard by the club's coaching staff.
He told the club's official website: "I have been here for four years now and I came here to realise my first-team ambitions. I am delighted to have signed this contract.
"I am excited about what the future holds and delighted that even with the players that City have got now, the club have given me the opportunity to progress and show that not only the big players can make it.
"The new deal shows that young players from the academy can progress. I am happy that I am one of them. I talk to Stephen Ireland quite a lot because for me he is an example to follow. I try to take as much information as possible from him. He is an incredible player who has made it and I hope I will be the next one.''
Hughes said of the wide man: "Vladi has come on leaps and bounds in the last four months and is fast maturing as a player.
"He has all the attributes that electrify crowds and that can turn matches. He has shown he has the temperament for big games and we look forward to his further development.''