Manchester City’s veteran star Fernandinho has revealed to ESPN Brazil that he is ‘close‘ to prolonging his stay with the club for a further year, after he disclosed that a clause in his contract will automatically trigger an extension should he meet certain goals.
The Brazilian midfielder was speaking after he continued his role in the heart of Manchester City’s defence as Pep Guardiola’s side overwhelmed rivals Manchester United 3-1 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi final at Old Trafford.
“When I renewed at the end of 2018, we put a clause that if I reached certain goals, my contract would be renewed automatically“, Fernandinho said. He added that talks with the club about the process opened ‘last month‘, and that he is ‘close to reaching those goals and renewing the contract‘.
However, Fernandinho asserted that confirmation will have to wait until he has officially signed the extension. That should not be a problem, though, as both parties are keen to reach an agreement: “The club have already shown interest in me staying, I have also shown [my interest] in staying“, said Fernandinho.
The news will delight Manchester City fans, who recognise the importance of the Brazilian’s versatility, technical ability and experience. It also contradicts the apparent gaffe by Riyad Mahrez when the Algerian winger appeared to let slip that Fernandinho would be leaving City at the end of the season when his contract expired.
The extension would see Fernandinho play his eighth season for the club after his arrival in 2013 from Ukrainian side Shaktar Donetsk.
Fernandinho also opened up about his thoughts on his new role in defence this season. “It has been very cool and the guidance I have received from Pep has been very good“, he told ESPN Brazil.
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