Fernandinho signs contract extension

By Ric Turner, Thu 01 July 2021 09:44

Fernandinho signs contract extensionNew one-year deal sees captain stay with the Blues until 2022

City captain Fernandinho has signed a new one-year contract extension, that will see him remain at the club until 2022.

The Brazilian midfielder joined City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, and has gone on to make 350 appearances for the club, scoring 24 goals. It had been thought that he would return to his native Brazil at the end of last season, but the new contract will allow City to focus on other areas in the transfer window. It is believed that Romeo Lavia will also be promoted from the EDS to the senior squad to act as an understudy.

“In my head and my mind, the job is not done yet,” he said.

“And so that's why I decided to stay here another year and try to help the team and the Club to achieve the goals that they're looking for. In my point of view, we can do that, there’s still places to improve and to get those targets. And obviously, for me and for my family it’s a pleasure to stay in Manchester for one more year.

“If I can keep doing the same way, leading them inside the pitch, off the pitch, to help them to improve and get better and to perform better during the games, I would be the happiest person there.

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Fernandinho’s contribution to Manchester City cannot be overstated.

“He is an outstanding footballer – one of the best in the world in his position – and an exemplary professional.

“Since he arrived in 2013, his attitude and consistency have been exceptional, and he has developed into one of our most influential players.

“He is our captain, our leader and it is a position he has excelled in. There are a number of talented young players in our squad and, therefore, it is vital we have somebody with Fernandinho’s knowledge and experience.

“He remains an important player for us and we are delighted he has committed to another year.”