Following the 3-1 victory in the Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg against Manchester United, Fernandinho revealed exclusively to ESPN Brazil that a clause was placed in the deal signed in 2018 that if met, would automatically renew his contract before it’s expiry at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
According to Fred Caldeira of Esporte Interativo, Fernandinho must feature in at least 60% of Manchester City’s fixtures this season in order for his contract to automatically renew by a further year. So far, the Brazilian defender has comfortably exceeded that figure, featuring in 69.7% of Pep Guardiola’s sides.
Caldeira continued by claiming that both Manchester City AND Fernandinho want to extend the contract, regardless of the clause embedded in the Brazilian’s contract in 2018. It is reported that the player’s agent is due in Manchester early next month to finalise the extension of the deal.
Manchester City have at times been carried by the contribution of the Brazilian midfielder this season, with a multitude of injuries forcing the veteran to be utilised in central defence – a role that the 34-year-old has made his own.
Despite reports suggesting that City will be in the market for two central defenders in the summer transfer market, the services and expertise of the Brazilian are priceless, and could be instrumental in aiding with the transition of any new faces next campaign.
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