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Manchester City: Fernandinho stalls on signing new contract

Manchester City: Fernandinho stalls on signing new contract

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is prepared to delay discussions on a new deal at the club as his current contract nears expiry.

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The Sun reported that the Brazil international is ready to hold off on new contract talks until later in the season.

The Sun added that, although his current deal runs out at the end of this season and Manchester City usually prefer to tie down players well in advance of contract expiry, the 34-year-old’s strong relationship with the club has possibly bought him some time to stall on discussions over a new deal.

Fernandinho has now been at Manchester City for six years, joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, making him the club’s third longest-serving current player after David Silva and Sergio Aguero.

The midfielder has won multiple trophies during his time at the Etihad Stadium, with three Premier League titles, four League Cups, the FA Cup and Community Shield to his name, along with being named in the PFA Team of the Year last season.

He has racked up 273 appearances for the club, scoring 23 goals and providing 25 assists from the base of midfield.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola once said of the midfielder that “Fernandinho can do everything” and his statistics suggest that he is a very well-rounded player.

Last season, he averaged two tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game and also won 2.6 aerial duels per match, attesting to his defensive work rate.

From an attacking point of view, he had match averages of 0.8 key passes and 0.7 dribbles, while his 87.5% success rate from an average 70.7 passes per game illustrates how regularly he keeps possession flowing for Manchester City.

However, the veteran midfielder has yet to feature for the Premier League champions this season, with summer signing Rodri being preferred in the holding midfield role.

The 23-year-old Spain international has performed impressively in his early days at the Etihad. On his Premier League debut against West Ham, he won four aerial duels, had three successful dribbles and recorded a passing accuracy of 90.3% from 72 passes. [via]

He was perhaps even better against Tottenham last week, winning four tackles and three aerial duels, making two interceptions and posting an exceptional passing success rate of 98.2% from 57 passes. [via]

Fernandinho has served Manchester City brilliantly, recording some magnificent statistics from midfield and winning numerous honours while holding down a regular place in the team (he has made 25 or more league starts in each season at the club).

However, with the much younger Rodri coming into the team and exceeding a few of the Brazil man’s figures, at least Guardiola has a very capable defensive midfielder in his squad if Fernandinho decides not to renew his contract when the time comes to have that discussion with the club.

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