Manchester City midfielder, Fernandinho has penned a one-year contract extension which will see him remain at the club until the end of 2021.
His contract was about to run out at the end of the season but his manager showed interest in retaining the Brazilian after another brilliant season.
Reacting, Fernandinho said he is grateful to his team-mates and the backroom staff and he is very happy to keep playing for the club.
He added that the fans have been unbelievable and their passion keeps him going.
His words, “This is the best possible news. I want to take this opportunity to put on record how grateful I am to my team-mates 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 at City. 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.”
Director of football Txiki Begiristain added, “This new deal reflects Fernandinho’s quality and commitment. He is not only a first-class professional and one of the best players in world football, he is a fantastic person who leads by example every single day.
“We have a talented young squad – but making sure they are supplemented by senior players of Fernandinho’s ilk is of paramount importance. What he brings in terms of leadership and professionalism is valued by everyone at the football club.
“He is a player with outstanding technical quality, and his appreciation of the game allows him to play multiple positions. He is also a player without ego, someone who values his team-mates and recognises the importance of the squad.”
Pep said, “He didn’t have to convince me,”
“He convinced me on day one of the three years together.
“He knows the opinion we have about what he’s done at the club. He’s one of the greatest players this club has had in its whole history.”
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