BIG FERN DEAL CLOSE

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By MAR­CUS BANKS

FERNANDINH­O has con­firmed he is close to ex­tend­ing his City con­tract amid fears he could leave at the end of the sea­son.

The 34-year-old has spent the ma­jor­ity of the sea­son play­ing as a cen­tral de­fender due to Aymeric La­porte’s in­jury and was at his bril­liant best dur­ing the 3-1 win against United in the Carabao Cup semi-fi­nal.

And the Brazil­ian has revealed a new deal is in the pipe­line.

“When I re­newed at the end of 2018, we put a clause that if I reached cer­tain goals, my con­tract would be re­newed au­to­mat­i­cally,” he said.

“Con­ver­sa­tions have al­ready started, we talked about it last month. I am close to reach­ing those goals and re­new­ing the con­tract, but we can only con­firm it af­ter sign­ing.

“The club have al­ready shown in­ter­est in me stay­ing, I have also shown [my in­ter­est] in stay­ing.”

Fernandinh­o added that he is en­joy­ing play­ing in de­fence as he is learn­ing more about the game.

He added: “It’s good as long as you can be at the high­est level. Play­ing in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion opens up the range of learn­ing. In de­fence, I see the game in a dif­fer­ent way. It has been very cool and the guid­ance I have re­ceived from Pep has been very good.”

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