Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is preparing to offer experienced midfielder Fernandinho a new deal, despite the club signing Spanish star Rodri.
According to the Sun, City boss Guardiola is not quite ready to give up on his Brazilian midfielder just yet, and is preparing to offer a new deal to a man who has been so integral to the success City have enjoyed in recent years.
Fernandinho made the move to the Etihad back in 2013, and has gone one to make just shy of 200 Premier League appearances in what has been a trophy-laden spell in the blue half of Manchester.
City manager Guardiola will have to replace the likes of Vincent Kompany this season and David Silva next year, though the Brazilian in question appears to be one stalwart who will be sticking around. Indeed, there is said to be a belief behind the scenes that he will pen an extension to his contract (currently in its last year) around Christmas time.
Despite his advancing years, the Brazilian was described as the club’s ‘most important’ player by Don Hutchinson when speaking on the BBC earlier this season and his absence in the losses to Crystal Palace and Leicester last season was noted by the club’s official website, who then heralded his return against Liverpool in January.
Described as ‘easily the best central midfielder in the country’ by Graeme Souness on Sky (via the Independent) that night, Guardiola has also spoken about the player’s ability to play as a central defender to expand his career, so he does appear to have a reasonably long-term future at the Etihad.
Making the most interceptions and second most tackles of any City midfielder last season (WhoScored), it’s clear to see he has a significant impact on the side.
With Rodri coming in as both cover and competition for Fernandinho, potentially affording Guardiola to rotate in that area, the team do at least appear to be covered in such a crucial role ahead of next season.
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