Fernandinho could be the next high-profile player to announce his departure from Manchester City, according to reports.
City confirmed on Monday that they would be saying farewell to record scorer Sergio Aguero at the end of the season. The striker’s contract is due to expire and he will not be granted an extension despite his previous success with the club.
Aguero may not be the only veteran on his way out of the Etihad Stadium, though. According to The Athletic, Fernandinho’s future is also in doubt.
The Brazilian is also out of contract at the end of the season. Previous reports have indicated that City are willing to keep him in either a playing or coaching capacity.
But it appears that his future could lie away from Manchester. It is claimed that talks over his contract have stalled.
Fernandinho has multiple offers on the table from other clubs who still believe he can contribute. The 35-year-old has made 15 appearances in the Premier League this season.
There is now apparently a feeling among his teammates that his time at City is up. In fact, it may be a foregone conclusion that he leaves.
If Fernandinho wants to continue his playing career, he may seek a club where he will get more opportunities at City.
His departure would come as another blow to Pep Guardiola, as he is one of the leaders in the group. With Aguero also on his way out, City would be left with a leadership void to fill.
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It is not yet clear who else could be trying to sign Fernandinho. But with no transfer fee, he could be a useful reinforcement for any side looking to strengthen in the short-term.
He could also have suitors back in his native Brazil, but wages could be a stumbling block.
Aguero exit message
Writing on social media, the Argentine said: “When a cycle comes to an end, many sensations arise.
“A huge sense of satisfaction and pride remains in me for having played with Manchester City for a whole ten seasons – unusual for a professional player this day and age.
“Ten seasons with major achievements, throughout which I was able to become the top historic goalscorer and forging an indestructible bond with all those who love the club – people who will always be in my heart.”