Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has been linked with a coaching job alongside Guardiola as his contract comes to an end.
35-year-old Fernandinho has been a Citizen since 2013 and asserted himself as one of the best players in the club. The Manchester City captain still delivers some incredibly solid performances despite his advancing age. In fact, Fernandinho even recently scored against Manchester United and has earned praise from some club legends.
As his contract is about to end, the defensive midfielder has naturally been linked with a move back to his country as his career’s final stop. In fact, Atletico Mineiro’s sporting director Rodrigo Caetano has confirmed the club’s interest in Fernandinho. However, the transfer deal doesn’t seem likely as Caetano revealed that the Citizens have different plans for the Brazilian.
“There is a lot of speculation because he is coming to the end of his contract,” Caetano told O Tempo. “He is a reference point at City – not only on the pitch, but a lot off the pitch too. I don’t know if you know, but there is even an offer for him to join Pep as an assistant.
“He is very interesting to us, because he is very good on the pitch and excellent off it as well. But there are no negotiations at the moment with Fernandinho or his agents.”
Neither the club or the player have spoken up on the matter, so we’ll have to wait for further developments. However, this could be a good move for Manchester City given Fernandinho’s importance in the locker room and great leadership skills.