Fernandinho is one of Manchester City’s best buys of the modern era, Pablo Zabaleta has said.
Zabaleta recently revealed that the Brazilian has proven a serious point to those who questioned a £34 million ($45m) transfer.
According to him, the 35-year-old will go down in history as a Blues great because he has thrived in the club’s midfield for several years.
He added that Fernandinho is like a fine wine and he surely gets better as he gets older.
His words, “Fernandinho is like a fine wine. He gets better as he gets older.
“He’s always been really physically strong, but when he’s on the field he brings that leadership and experience to the team.
“His positioning is always good; he can tackle and his distribution of the ball is always excellent.
“OK, maybe he has lost a yard of pace, which is quite normal for a player who is 35, but playing in midfield or at centre-back, you don’t really need that kind of pace.
“He can protect the back four as well as anyone in the Premier League, especially when he plays alongside Rodrigo and he is still a very important player for City.
“He’s also a really nice guy and, for me, one of the greatest signings City made during my time at the Etihad.”
“It’s funny, back in 2013, £34 million for a player who was relatively unknown outside Ukraine probably raised a few eyebrows at the time.
“But for what he’s given and for all the trophies the Club has won during his time makes the fee look like excellent business.
“He is always positive and is such an important influence on the pitch and in the dressing room.
“He is not afraid of anything and always plays with total commitment.
“In a 50/50 challenge he will never give anything but 100% and I love players like this.”