Fernandinho has signed a new 12-month contract that will extend his Manchester City career to nine years, with the captain stating “the job is not done yet”. The midfielder, who joined from Shakhtar Donetsk in June 2013, was a second-half replacement in City’s 1-0 Champions League defeat to Chelsea last month. The club has yet to win the trophy and his comments may refer to a desire to aid City do so.
“In my head and my mind, the job is not done yet,” he said. “So that’s why I decided to stay here another year and try to help the team and the club to achieve the goals that they’re looking for. We can do that, there’s still places to improve and to get those targets.
“If I can keep doing the same way, leading them inside the pitch, off the pitch, to help them to improve and get better and to perform better during the games, I would be the happiest person there.”
Fernandinho has won four Premier Leagues and six League Cups with City. Txiki Begiristain, the director of football, paid tribute to the Brazilian’t. “Fernandinho’s contribution to Manchester City cannot be overstated,” he said.“ He is an outstanding footballer – one of the best in the world in his position, and an exemplary professional.
Since he arrived in 2013, his attitude and consistency have been exceptional and he has developed into one of our most influential players.”