Pep Guardiola hopes Fernandinho will stay at City
In addition to David Silva, who is certain to leave Etihad Stadium at the end of the season, Brazilian midfielder, Fernandinho is also claimed to have the same plan. However, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola personally hopes that the former Shakhtar Donetsk player will stay at the Club next season.
Fernandinho, 34, is indeed one of the senior players at Manchester City, where he has joined the club since 2013. So far more than 260 appearances have been registered by Brazilian players in all events for Citizen. This season, Fernandinho is quite important, he can play a role as a central defender, following the injury of Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.
Although not playing as well as the two players, but at least Fernandinho can be relied on at the beginning of this season. This performance makes Manchester City management satisfied. City plans to give Fernandinho a one-season contract. For information, the current Fernandinho contract will expire in the summer of 2020.
Unfortunately, the discussion related to the new contract the player still has not met the agreed point until now. Fernandinho was also widely rumored to be leaving Etihad at the end of the season, following the plans of his team-mate, David Silva.
Talking about this, coach Pep Guardiola hopes that the player will stay at Etihad, but he will not force if indeed Fernandinho has other plans related to the continuation of his career.
“I want Fernandinho to extend his contract here. I am happy with the three years we have together. He didn’t have to convince me, he assured me from the first day of three years together. He didn’t do anything special, his age and desires, how he would finish the season. He knows the opinions we have of what he does at the club.”
“I think he is one of the greatest players this club has ever had. At the moment I don’t think we have two central defenders in the toughest schedule of the season, his ability and desire to do well. But it all depends on the club’s decision and also the desire of the player” said the former Barcelona manager.