Manchester City are set to offer experienced midfielder Fernandinho a new deal as they look to keep his experience within the squad for a further year.
The Brazilian midfielder has been a key cog in the system for manager Pep Guardiola over a number of seasons now, and despite being well into his 30s, Guardiola is reportedly keen on keeping hold of the defensive midfield anchor for a further period.
According to the Sun, Fernandinho has once again impressed Guardiola with his attitude this season, with the 34-year-old stepping into the fold to cover in central defence following an injury crisis which has left the club clinging on to their challenge for the Premier League title.
Fernandinho has made just shy of 200 Premier League appearances during his time at the Etihad, going on to prove himself as one of the finest players in his position in the league given his extensive trophy haul on these shores.
Following the loss of Vincent Kompany in the summer, the Brazilian sits as one of the most experienced members of the City squad. Indeed, it’s not only his experience at this level that counts, with the South American player still making a difference at the top level. According to the stats collated by WhoScored, he still averages the third-most interceptions (1.8) per game – the most of any midfielder – and the most clearances (3) over the same period, as well being able to play as both a midfielder and a central midfielder.
Given his historical impact and the contribution he continues to make, this will be fully deserved this if it comes off, with Fernandinho having so much more to offer if this season’s stats are anything to go off.
With Rodri now able to act as cover and competition, the 34-year-old could be saved for bigger games and continue to play a big role in City’s cause.
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