Official: Fernandinho signs contract extension with Manchester City

Fernandinho’s Man City stint

Fernandinho joined Manchester City in July of 2013.

The Sky Blues are believed to have paid Shakhtar Donetsk around £36m for the Brazilian’s services.

Fernandinho is one game shy of garnering 300 appearances for the Premier League champions.

And in those 299 ties, the now 34-year-old has showcased what an immense talent he is.

Fernandinho has been pivotal to City’s success in recent years.

The previous two seasons, in which Man City broke countless records and clinched two Premier League titles, Fernandinho played a key role in the holding midfield spot for Pep Guardiola’s side.

And this term, following injuries to the likes of Aymeric Laporte and John Stones, the versatile Brazilian has been doing a solid job at centre-back for the Citizens.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 07: Fernandinho of Man City celebrates victory after the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on January 7, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Fernandinho pens new deal

However, it looked as though the former Shakhtar man was coming to the end of his City career, as his contract was due to expire in July of 2020.

But on Tuesday the 28th of January, the Man City faithful have been handed some good news.

City announced that Fernandinho has signed a one-year extension to his current deal, keeping him with the Manchester powerhouse until the summer of 2021.

After putting pen to paper on a new deal, Fernandinho had this to say:

“This is the best possible news. I want to take this opportunity to put on record how grateful I am to my teammates and the backroom staff here at City. Without them, this deal would not be possible, so sincere thanks to every single one of them.

“I have enjoyed every second of my time here. I never expected to build such a meaningful relationship with the Club and the fans, but it has happened, and I am grateful every single day.

“Our fans are unbelievable; I am so happy that I will continue to play for them a year longer. I feel their love and passion and it genuinely helps keep me driven.

“My focus now is on making sure we continue to be successful. My time here has been decorated by silverware, but under Pep’s guidance we have really accelerated. I want that to carry on for as long as possible.” As quoted by Manchester City’s official website.

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