Manchester City captain and defensive midfielder Fernandinho on Tuesday signed a one-yeat extension to his current contract.
Manchester City captain Fernandinho on Tuesday signed a one-yeat extension to his current contract. The midfielder, who has been part of City since 2013, was expected to leave the club as a free agent as his deal ran out this summer. But the veteran will now be part of the side for at least one more year. Fernandinho stayed on because he feels he can achieve more. “In my head and my mind, the job is not done yet. 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.”
Sporting director Txiki Begiristain also paid tribute to the Brazilian midfielder. “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.”
The defensive midfielder has 350 City appearances to his name. And the 36-year-old has won 12 trophies, including four Premier Leagues and a record six League Cups. During his time at the club, he’s also scored 24 goals.
Fernandinho, who can also play in defence, was named captain in September 2020 after David Silva left.
I‘m delighted to sign another year for this wonderful club. Looking forward to continue my journey and to achieve many goals. I would like to thank God, my family, my teammates, the staff and a special thanks to our amazing fans who have supported me since day one.
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— Fernandinho (@fernandinho) June 29, 2021
He lifted his first trophy as skipper in April, when City beat Tottenham to win the Carabao Cup. This was their fourth successive win in the tournament.
One month later, he lifted the Premier League trophy as the club secured their third title in four seasons.
He was named in the Premier League’s released list published earlier this month. But he remained in talks over a new one-year deal with City.