Manchester City will open talks with Fernandinho over a one-year contract extension after Christmas, according to reports.
The Brazilian midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season, by which time he will be 35 years old, but The Sun claim that Pep Guardiola wants to retain his services.
That’s because the City boss is reportedly concerned about a lack of experience and leadership in the dressing room, with Vincent Kompany having left over the summer and his replacement as captain, David Silva, also confirming his plans to leave at the season’s end.
If Fernandinho is to accept the new offer, though, he will have to settle for reduced wages, with his current £120,000-per-week deal proving too expensive for a player who is expected to return to a bit-part role when the centre-backs he has been covering for return from injury.
Despite that, it is suggested that he will be happy to remain in Manchester, where he has established himself as the team’s vice captain after six trophy-laden seasons.
Meanwhile, a January move for a defender linked with rivals Manchester United could help Fernandinho move back into his preferred central midfield position. Read the full story here.
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