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Manchester City agree to renew veteran midfielder’s contract by one year

Manchester City have agreed to renew Fernandinho’s contract at the club by one season more and only an official announcement is pending.

Manchester City won the Premier League for the third time in four years last season as they bid farewell to Sergio Aguero in the process. The Argentinian left the club after a decade and as things stood back then, it was expected that Fernandinho would follow suit too. However, the defensive midfielder will be handed a contract extension in the days to come.

Fernandinho’s contract at the Etihad Stadium expires at the end of June but the Citizens are impressed by his performances. Despite being 36, the player is seen as a crucial part of next season’s plans after an admirable display in the recently concluded campaign. He made 20 appearances in the league and was a mainstay in the Champions League squad too.

Daily Mail has claimed that Manchester City hope to have the Brazilian available with them for pre-season training. The former Shakhtar Donetsk star has reportedly given the green light from his end for the offer proposed by the Sky Blues and only an official announcement is now pending. It is indeed a well-deserved extension for the veteran for several reasons.

Pep Guardiola trusts Fernandinho for the most important matches and that was clearly visible in a packed 2020/21 campaign. In addition to that, the 36-year-old is ready to compromise on equal measure with Rodri, who has had his fair share of chances too, thanks to the manager’s rigorous policy of making changes to his starting line-ups.

Not only is he an asset on the field, but also a great leader. Fernandinho’s leadership qualities are unparalleled in the dressing room as he has an imposing personality. At present, Manchester City lack a player of such calibre in their squad, which makes the midfielder’s stay at the club a crucial matter from an off-field standpoint too.

Do you think Fernandinho will be a regular fixture in the City eleven next season too?