With the 36-year old’s contract set to expire on 30th June 2021, the Premier League champions have reportedly decided to try and keep him for another year. Reports suggest that the Brazilian wanted a two-year extension, but Manchester City are very close to persuading him to stay on for just another year.
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Even at 36, Fernandhino is a force to be reckoned with. The veteran played 1188 minutes this season in the premier league and was able to contribute 2 assists. Not known for his goal-scoring endeavors, defensive display and passing are the Brazilian’s forte. Good on the ball with an eye for a through ball, Fernandhino is as good as they come.
His 9.7 passes per 90 into the final third is one of the highest in Europe. He also makes 0.82 key passes per 90 and makes 2.47 clearances every 90 minutes he is on the pitch. Fernandinho has been the centre of Manchester City’s midfield for many seasons and is brilliant at controlling the ball in the middle of the park, an attribute shown by his 63.42 touches in mid 3rd.
Even if Fernandinho does not start every game for Pep Guardiola’s side anymore, he will still be a very valuable voice in the dressing room. His years of experience will do great for younger players like Phil Foden, Ruben Dias and Rodri.
If Fernandinho does decide to stay on at the Etihad for another year, it will not only benefit the Cityzens and Pep Guardiola, but it will also be fruitful for the Brazilian. It would give him a chance to prolong a career in football and will give him another chance to add another trophy to his already illustrious trophy cabinet. He can also provide a more than decent cover in the midfield for Rodri and Gundogan.