BIG FERN DEAL CLOSE
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.”