Manchester City round-up: Brazilian forward set for new deal; Fernandinho’s proposed extension; midfielder’s injury admission
The theme of the day throughout Tuesday for Manchester City was concerning potential contract negotiations, with The Sun kicking things off by saying Gabriel Jesus is in line for an improved deal.
The report claims that the 20-year-old Brazilian is poised to receive a huge pay rise over the upcoming weeks, just nine months after joining, due to his meteoric rise as a first-team player.
Jesus – who arrived in January from Brazilian outfit Palmeiras in a £27 million switch – has been a revelation in Manchester, scoring 12 times in 15 starts and four in five matches already this season.
And it is thought that his current £70,000-a-week is deemed too low for somebody who is contributing as much as he is, with the Manchester City hierarchy set to delve into their pockets.
The contract talk does not stop there, though, with The Sun also reporting that fellow Brazilian Fernandinho is poised to enter contract talks to tie him down for another season at the Etihad.
The 32-year-old is out-of-contract at the end of the season but, despite being in Yaya Toure’s shadow since arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, he’s suddenly become a key player for City.
Since the arrival of boss Pep Guardiola he has been an integral first-team player, playing in every minute of the opening five league matches this season and impressing with his midfield consistency.
And it appears that he will be rewarded for his fine start to the season with a one-year extension, with Fernandinho set to sit down with Etihad chiefs over the next few weeks to iron out the details of a deal.
Addressing the situation, an unnamed source close to the Manchester side said:
“He is still in the dark a bit, but it is hoped it will all be sorted in the near future as he wants to remain here. He is vital to the side, and the main anchor in midfield for Pep.
“He loves it, and loves having the Brazilian lads around.”
Fernandinho has played a huge part in helping the young Jesus settle into life in England, with the duo knowing each other from the Brazilian national side, and he’s proven to be a big presence off the pitch.
And finally, Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has admitted that he’s not yet the same player that he was before his injury after making his first-team return against Watford on Saturday.
The German international started his Premier League life in fine fashion following his switch from Borussia Dortmund last summer, scoring three goals in ten matches at the start of the campaign.
But his debut season was curtailed early by injury shortly before Christmas, with Gundogan picking up a cruciate ligament injury – ironically against the Hornets – that saw him ruled out for nine months.
Speaking frankly to the Manchester Evening News about his return last weekend, he said:
“If I said I am the same player as I was a year ago, I would be lying.
“I mean, through the injury, you don’t feel the same. You don’t feel as though you are the most powerful guy in the world, not that I ever did.”
Gundogan managed the final 24 minutes of City’s 6-0 thrashing at Vicarage Road, and the 26-year-old is in contention for a first start in ten months when City face West Brom on Wednesday evening.
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