Manchester City captain Fernandinho has signed a new one-year contract until the summer of 2022 that will extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium into a ninth season.
Fernandinho, who turned 36 last month, was due to be out of contract at the end of June but will now remain a City player for at least one more season.
Since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, the Brazilian midfielder has won four Premier League titles, the FA Cup, and six EFL Cups. But his most recent appearance for the club was in the 2021 Champions League final defeat against Chelsea and it is clear from his comments upon signing his new contract that elusive European glory is still the major driving force for him.
“In my head and my mind, the job is not done yet and 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,” Fernandinho told ManCity.com.
“In my point of view, we can do that, there’s still places to improve and to get those targets. And obviously, for me and for my family it’s a pleasure to stay in Manchester for one more year.
“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,” he added.
City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “He is our captain, our leader and it is a position he has excelled in. There are a number of talented young players in our squad and, therefore, it is vital we have somebody with Fernandinho’s knowledge and experience.”