Report: ‘Exceptional’ star willing to leave Man City, has told club what will make him stay
According to the Mirror, Fernandinho is willing to leave Man City this summer unless they improve their previous contract offer.
The midfielder will be a free agent from the end of the month with his current terms set to expire. The Citizens have so far tabled a one-year deal, but it has not been enough to convince him to stay.
Instead, Fernandinho is demanding a two-year contract to extend his spell at the Etihad Stadium into a ninth season. The Brazilian has won four Premier League titles since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in a £34million deal in 2013.
Man City are confident Fernandinho will still be at the club next season. They have also discussed a greater post-playing career role in the City Football Group for the 2019 FA Cup winner.
Pep Guardiola highly admires Fernandinho’s influence on and off the pitch at the Etihad. He is also always at the centre of player meetings and plays a key role in welcoming new players.
However, the Citizens captain is considering his options after receiving a slew of offers from European and South American sides. Man City are also exploring signing a new holding midfielder this summer amid doubt in Rodri’s future.
Guardiola is an admirer of Declan Rice, but a move for the 22-year-old is unlikely. The Citizens are reluctant to pay West Ham’s £100m asking price for the England international, feeling it is too much.
TBR’s view: Man City should accept Fernandinho’s demands
Given how highly Guardiola admires Fernandinho and the impact he offers on and off the pitch, Man City should accept his demands. Otherwise, he may walk away to continue playing for as long as possible over offering another 12-months on his contract.
Guardiola expressed his admiration for what Fernandinho offers Man City earlier in the year, as well. Stating via mancity.com: “Another exceptional performance [against Everton]. He is composed. He knows what he has to do – on and off the pitch. In our last game against Borussia Monchengladbach, the minutes he played were outstanding.”
Fernandinho would be one of the oldest outfield players in the Premier League next season if he were to stay, but that impact he offers – particularly off the pitch – will be hard to replace, given how much he does to lead the dressing room and welcome new arrivals.
Guardiola could also be searching for two new faces at the core of his engine room if Fernandinho does leave. Rodri’s future will be problematic without the Brazilian staying after Chelsea played through Man City in the Champions League final before his introduction.
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