Guardiola eager for Fernandinho extension
Pep Guardiola has reportedly told Manchester City to sanction a new deal for Fernandinho, keeping him at the club for another season.
Brazil international Fernandinho is 34-years-old but the midfielder-turned-centre-back, this season, has already done enough to convince his manager that he is worthy of signing to a new dealt at the Etihad Stadium.
The Samba ace has been a virtual ever-present this campaign, moving further back to fill the huge void left by defender Aymeric Laporte after his knee injury in early September.
Fernandinho is in the final year of his deal but it is claimed he will be offered a 12-month contract extension in the coming weeks, underlining his continued importance to Guardiola’s team.
The Catalan refused to rest the midfielder for Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, which was still enough to see City run out Group C winners despite the below-par performance.
Fernandinho picked up a booking in the dying seconds of that game, which means he will be suspended for the final group fixture away to Dinamo Zagreb, gaining a valuable rest during a busy December period.
It’s understood the player and his family continue to be happy with life in Manchester and City don’t expect any real hurdles towards a quick renewal.
The Brazilian was signed for £30million from Donetsk in 2013 and he’s gone on to earn a reputation as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League.
City’s staff believe he can go on for at least a couple more years at the top level – certainly Guardiola has intimated he will now play the majority of his games in defence – surely easing the burden on his ageing legs.
The South American, who has won three Premier League titles, four League Cups and one FA Cup, can also expect to see his £110,000-per-week wages remain unchanged.
Fernandinho is expected to start in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle United at St James’ Park as the Citizens look to put the pressure on leaders Liverpool.