The Manchester City fans have been in a buoyant mood in the Transfer Tavern since their side took a huge step towards the quarter-finals of the Champions League by comfortably recording a 4-0 victory over FC Basel at the St. Jakob Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s ambition to claim an unprecedented quadruple was given further plausibility by his side’s imperious performance over a hapless Basel side on Tuesday evening. City survived a couple of early scares in the game as the home side exploited the space behind their central defensive pair of Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi, but they failed to capitalise on their opportunities and City went on to punish them with devastating effect.
City’s domination this season has earned a handful of the players bumper new contracts, as the club have extended the current deals of Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva and Fernandinho in recent months, but they’re not finished yet according to The Sun.
According to the report, City are set to offer their goalkeeper Ederson a new deal in the near future to reward him for his impressive performances this season. The quality of City’s defensive performances have been completely transformed since Ederson arrived from Benfica last summer, and that is certainly no coincidence.
Having the Brazilian in goal practically gives City a 3rd central defender as his ability to read the game and step off his line to make clearances at vital moments adds a further layer of solidity to Guardiola’s defensive unit. He also has a tremendous talent to remain composed in possession and distribute the ball effectively with both his feet and his hands, whilst his shot-stopping ability is one of the best in the Premier League.
In summary, Ederson (who is valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt) has been an absolute revelation at the club, and his future at the club will play a pivotal role in the extent of City’s success in the years to come. Every top team builds its foundations on the basis of a solid defence, and that starts with the goalkeeper, so City must reward Ederson for his fine form with a contract extension in a bid to usher in a new era of dominance in English football.