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Fernandinho, Manchester City Agree to 1-Year Contract Extension Through 2021

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIJanuary 28, 2020

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Fernandinho of Manchester City celebrates victory after the Carabao Cup Semi Final match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on January 07, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Manchester City announced on Tuesday that midfielder Fernandinho has signed a one-year contract extension at the Etihad Stadium. The new deal runs until the summer of 2021:

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🔥2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣🔥 Another year of @fernandinho!!! 🔵 #ManCity https://t.co/rrEEKTHC5x

The 34-year-old joined Manchester City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 and has become a key figure for Pep Guardiola's side, winning three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and four League Cups.

Fernandinho took to social media to express his gratitude at extending his stay with the Premier League champions:

The Brazil international is regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders around but has also been used in central defence this season to cover for injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.

Squawka Football highlighted his defensive contribution:

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Fernandinho has made more tackles (37) and blocks (11) than any other Manchester City player this season. Signs on for one more year. 💪 https://t.co/ljxPSfvZUr

Guardiola spoke to Sky Sports about Fernandinho's "deserved" new contract and praised him for his performances in defence this season:

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"What he has done with the problems we had - I am so happy to have him" Pep Guardiola hails Fernandinho after the Man City man penned a new one-year contract with the club More: https://t.co/F4ymslRDMT https://t.co/xbBTZh7AIC

Txiki Begiristain, Manchester City's director of football, said Fernandinho's experience will benefit the club's young players, per Rob Pollard at the club's official website.

“This new deal reflects Fernandinho's quality and commitment. He is not only a first-class professional and one of the best players in world football, he is a fantastic person who leads by example every single day.

“We have a talented young squad – but making sure they are supplemented by senior players of Fernandinho’s ilk is of paramount importance. What he brings in terms of leadership and professionalism is valued by everyone at the football club."

Fernandinho is heading towards the end of his career but remains a vital presence for City. His versatility has been important for Guardiola's men this season and is another reason why the club have been keen to tie him down for another year.

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