Manchester City have confirmed the expected news that key midfielder Fernandinho has signed a new two-year contract extension, which will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2020.
BIG NEWS! 🙌@fernandinho has today signed a new City deal! 💙
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 19, 2018
The 32-year-old is perhaps City’s most irreplaceable player as it stands in the ‘No 6’ role and despite his advancing years as a footballer, is in the best form of his career.
Speaking to the official site, Ferna said: “This is a Club with a fantastic future and I want to be a part of it for as long as possible.
“With Pep in charge, I feel sure we can win significant silverware and, importantly, we will try to do it playing attractive, attacking football.
“It’s a pleasure to be a part of this Club and I look forward to seeing what the next few years bring.”
Since arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, the Brazilian international has made 212 appearances for City, scoring 19 goals.
I live a beautiful story of respect for this club. There is no doubt I have a lot of passion for what I do. The legacy I want to leave when I stop playing is that kind of club and fan relationship. I think this is very important in today's football. Essential factors made me decide to stay here. To continue the work, to win titles and to help Manchester City to consolidate as one of the best teams of the world. My family, who is already used to the city, was also preponderant for my choice. To the fans and colleagues, my biggest thank you. Since my arrival at the club, I've always been very respected and you always gave me a huge support. I've already said that and I repeat: Citizens fans are the best in the world, for sure. Only you know the moments you lived together with the team. You never stopped supporting and believing, this is something I strongly admire and you must be applauded for that. COME ON, CITY! . . Vivo uma história linda de respeito e carinho por essa entidade. Sem dúvida, tenho muita paixão pelo que faço. O legado que quero deixar quando parar de jogar é esse tipo de identificação com clube e torcida. Acho isso muito legal no futebol atual. Fatores importantes fizerem com que eu decidisse permanecer aqui. A continuação do trabalho, ganhar títulos e ajudar o City a se consolidar como um dos melhores times do futebol atual. A família, que já está habituada à cidade, aos costumes e ao clima, também foi preponderante para a minha escolha. Aos fãs e colegas de trabalho do City, o meu muito obrigado desde minha chegada ao clube. Sempre fui muito respeitado e sempre deram um suporte enorme para mim. Já disse isso e repito, os fãs do Manchester City são os melhores do Mundo, sem sombra de dúvidas. Só eles sabem os momentos que já passaram juntos com o time. Nunca deixaram de apoiar, isso é uma coisa que eu admiro muito. Estão de parabéns. COME ON, CITY!
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