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Arboleda thrilled to be staying at Lech

Published: Tuesday 14 December 2010, 15.17CET
Defender Manuel Arboleda has signed a new three-year deal at KKS Lech Poznań and told UEFA.com: "I had other offers, including better ones financially, but I feel great in Poznan."
Arboleda thrilled to be staying at Lech
Manuel Arboleda has decided to commit to Lech for another three years ©Getty Images
 
 
Published: Tuesday 14 December 2010, 15.17CET

Arboleda thrilled to be staying at Lech

Defender Manuel Arboleda has signed a new three-year deal at KKS Lech Poznań and told UEFA.com: "I had other offers, including better ones financially, but I feel great in Poznan."

Defender Manuel Arboleda has signed a new contract at KKS Lech Poznań to reiterate his commitment to the Polish champions.

Every time I went out, Lech fans stopped me in the street and said: 'Manuel, please, stay with us.'
Manuel Arboleda

The 31-year-old centre-back, a key figure in Lech's UEFA Europa League campaign having scored against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, FC Salzburg and Manchester City FC, has extended his stay at the Miejski stadium for three more years.

He told UEFA.com: "I had many other offers, including better ones financially, but I feel great in Poznan and it was a priority for me to stay here." Arboleda played in his native Colombia and then Peru before moving to Poland with Zagłębie Lubin in 2005/06. He joined Lech ahead of the 2008/09 campaign.

"I have Lech in my heart," added Arboleda. "My family and I have been treated very well here. The last few days have been emotional. Every time I went out, Lech fans stopped me in the street and said: 'Manuel, please, stay with us.' I was moved and of course it influenced my decision. Now I feel great and can focus on the game against Salzburg."

Lech are certain of a place in the round of 32, but could finish top of Group A with a victory in Austria on Thursday, provided Manchester City fail to win at Juventus. "We want to win and qualify as group winners," said Arboleda. "After the draw I said it was a fantastic section and even when some people said it was the group of death, I was sure we could survive. We did and now want more – much more."

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