Cape Town - Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is on the verge of
signing a new deal and will not need to take a pay cut to make it work.
The Brazil international feared he would be forced to move
on after seven years at the Etihad, with his contract due to elapse this
There were reports over the festive period that the
influential 34-year-old would be asked to accept a 40% pay cut on his existing
£110 000-per-week wages.
However, senior City insiders have stated the Samba ace, who
boss Pep Guardiola has been forced to convert from a holding midfielder to the
centre of his defence due to injuries this season, will see his pay remain the
It is understood Fernandinho, who moved to the Citizens from
Shakhtar Donetsk for £30m back in 2013, has quickly told his employers that he
would be happy to pen a 12-month agreement, with no further obstacles expected.
City are aware Paris Saint-Germain have been hovering in the
background, with the wealthy French outfit letting it be known they would
gladly take him on a free transfer.
Fernandinho, though, remains a big voice in Guardiola’s
dressing room, another reason why his manager has urged the club’s paymasters
to retain his services for a further year.
City cannot afford to lose another experienced head, with
veteran midfielder David Silva moving on at the end of this campaign after a
distinguished decade at the Etihad.
Fernandinho also remains one of the fittest players in the
City squad, with a feeling he still has a couple of years left playing at the
The softly-spoken South American has made 303 appearances
and won 11 trophies during his time at City, and Guardiola has promised there
will be plenty of continued playing opportunities next term.
- TeamTalk Media