Cape Town - Manchester City are reportedly poised to hand a
new contract to defensive midfielder Fernandinho, with his current deal set to
expire at the end of the season.
The veteran Brazil international midfielder is out of
contract at the end of the season and there have been rumblings he could be
following team-mate David Silva out of the door next summer.
City insiders, however, have revealed the club are planning
to sit down with the 34-year-old after the busy festive period of fixtures and
are confident they can agree on a deal which now suits all parties.
It's understood a new 12-month deal will be on the table,
with the promise of a rolling option, should he continue to defy his age and
show his legs are up to the job.
Guardiola has told City's top brass how much of an influence
Fernandinho has become this term in the dressing room, filling the huge
leadership void left by former skipper Vincent Kompany, who left at the end of
last season to become player-manager at Anderlecht.
Fernandinho is currently being forced to play an unfamiliar
centre-back role at City because of injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John
Stones, underlining his versatility and importance to Guardiola.
He arrived at City in 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk and the popular
South American has collected three Premier League titles, four League Cups and
one FA Cup during that glittering period.
City secured his long-term successor in the summer when they
paid midfielder Rodri's £62m buyout clause to bring him in from Atletico
Fernandinho and his young family are settled in Manchester,
though, and there is no suggestion he won't accept an offer to extend his time
at City into an eighth year.
He is not involved with the current Brazil squad so can
enjoy a rest until City's return to action in the Premier League against
Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday week.
- TeamTalk Media