Manchester City squad have strong Pep Guardiola belief on Fernandinho’s playing time ahead of crucial contract decision

With Fernandinho’s existing deal at the Etihad Stadium running out this summer, there could be a vacancy in the middle of the park for the Premier League champions, although it has been suggested the veteran Brazilian could sign a new contract. year at the end of the campaign.

The 36-year-old has been limited to 22 appearances in all competitions this season, with many coming off the bench late in games where Pep Guardiola understandably wanted to protect Rodri from injury – while Manchester City are still competing on three fronts.

Premier League leaders have benefited enormously from the emergence of Rodri, who despite a subdued start to life in Manchester following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2019, made the number six position his own after a string of displays impressive this season.

According to Sam Lee of The AthleticSeveral members of the Manchester City dressing room believe Fernandinho has been treated unfairly by Pep Guardiola and his team after being restricted to a minor role on the pitch since the start of the campaign.

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It has been revealed that Fernandinho is loved by the City team, who feel bad that the four-time Premier League winner hasn’t had the chance to play more this seasonRodri establishing himself as the first-choice pick in the defensive midfield role.

It was reported in February that the Etihad hierarchy would continue to play and coach the options on the table when talks begin with Fernandinho over his future at the Etihad Stadium after the summer.

Moreover, it has since been claimed that Manchester City will leave it to the 36-year-old to decide if he wants to continue playing for Pep Guardiola’s side or instead play a role in the City Football Group when they will hold contract talks with the Brazilian at the end of the campaign.

While Manchester City have shown keen interest in West Ham star Declan Rice as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, there are doubts over whether the Sky Blues will engage in a bidding war for him. England international if he sought to leave the London stadium. in summer.

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