Manchester City title-winner believes Blues will struggle to replace Fernandinho

Manchester City will struggle to replace aging midfielder Fernandinho, his former teammate and Manchester City title-winner Alvaro Negredo believes.

Despite being 33 now, Fernandinho continues to play at a very high level, with Pep Guardiola still hugely reliant on his holding midfielder after failing to sign Jorginho or a similar ‘No. 6’ in the summer.

And although several midfielders, notably Ajax hot-shot Frenkie de Jong, are being strongly linked, at it stands City rely heavily on the Brazilian.

Speaking to Goal, Negredo, who was affectionately dubbed ‘The Beast’ during his double-winning season at the Etihad Stadium, voiced his concerns as to whether City will be able to effectively replace Fernandinho.

“Fernandinho is a very good friend of mine,” Negredo told Goal. “He is a player you find everywhere in the pitch, with good quality to manage the ball.

“He recovers many balls for his team and that makes him a very complete player. I think that replacing him will be a real problem for the club.”

Meanwhile Negredo, who recently left Besiktas to join Al-Nasr in the United Arab Emirates, reckons City have a great chance of finally lifting the Champions League this season.

“I think that they have the ability to win it [Champions League] this season.

“There are more teams showing good performances, but I think that Man City are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season.”

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