"It was important for me to understand Richard's position when I arrived here and get it resolved and now everyone is happy," Hughes told the Manchester Evening News. "He fulfils the captain's role very well and will continue to do so.
"I have been delighted with the response Richard has made since he signed. He has been part of this squad for a long time and it was important we made sure he would continue to be a big part of things.
"His strength and pace at the back will be one of the keys to the way we play this year."