Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City to hand Fernandinho a new contract – after insisting he could guarantee the title if only he had another two players like the Brazilian.
Fernandinho, who is in the final year of his current deal, has had a very good start to the season and is now a key member of Guardiola’s playing staff at the Etihad.
And he has advised his City bosses to tie the 31-year-old midfielder to a new long-term deal as soon as possible.
“What we have done this season would have been impossible without Fernandinho,” Guardiola was quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“If a team has three men like him, they would be the champions.
“We only have one, but he is fast, he is intelligent, he is strong in the air and he can play several positions. When Fernandinho sees the space he will run there immediately.
“When you need to make a correction, when you just need one to change, he is there.”
Guardiola added: “I know how managers work in England – they control things.
“But here I am not a manager. I am a trainer. Yes, I give my opinion, but after that the club decide.
“If the club decide my opinion is good, then hopefully Fernandinho will stay because I have just said what I think of him.”