Manchester City captain Fernandinho has reportedly put pen to paper on a deal that keeps him at the Club until the summer of 2022, extending his stay at the Etihad Stadium into a ninth season.
The Brazilian’s leadership has proved invaluable and, with another season to look forward to, Fernandinho remains firmly focused on using his wealth of experience to help Pep Guardiola’s side.
“In my head and my mind, the job is not done yet,” he said.
“And so that’s why I decided to stay here another year and try to help the team and the Club to achieve the goals that they’re looking for.
“In my point of view, we can do that, there’s still places to improve and to get those targets. And obviously, for me and for my family it’s a pleasure to stay in Manchester for one more year.
“If I can keep doing the same way, leading them inside the pitch, off the pitch, to help them to improve and get better and to perform better during the games, I would be the happiest person there.
Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Fernandinho’s contribution to Manchester City cannot be overstated.
“He is an outstanding footballer – one of the best in the world in his position – and an exemplary professional.
“Since he arrived in 2013, his attitude and consistency have been exceptional, and he has developed into one of our most influential players.
“He is our captain, our leader and it is a position he has excelled in. There are a number of talented young players in our squad and, therefore, it is vital we have somebody with Fernandinho’s knowledge and experience.
“He remains an important player for us and we are delighted he has committed to another year.”