Spain midfielder Rodri signs 3-year extension with Man City

Spain's Rodri vies for the ball with Czech Republic's Vaclav Cerny, left, during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Spain and the Czech Republic, at La Rosaleda Stadium in Malaga, Spain, Sunday, June 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City midfielder Rodri signed a three-year contract extension to stay with the English Premier League champion through the 2026-27 season, the club said Tuesday.

The Spain international has made 151 appearances for City since joining from Atlético Madrid three years ago.

“Joining City in 2019 is the best decision I have made in my career,” the 26-year-old Rodri said.

The holding midfielder has helped City win back-to-back league titles and the League Cup twice during his three seasons at Etihad Stadium.

“Once you start winning big titles, you don’t want to stop,” said Rodri, who scored a career-high seven goals last season. “City, I feel, offers me the best chance of winning trophies and that’s why I am so pleased to be staying here for longer.”

City has added striker Erling Haaland and midfielder Kalvin Phillips to manager Pep Guardiola’s squad this summer.

The team’s title defense begins Aug. 7 at West Ham.