FERNANDINHO is in line for a new 12-month deal after filling the leadership void by Vincent Kompany on and off the field.
The Brazilian is out of contract in the summer and, at 34, there were fears he would follow David Silva in moving on.
1 Fernandinho is set to be offered a new Man City contractCredit: Reuters
But Manchester City chiefs plan to sit down and discuss fresh terms after the Christmas fixtures, and hope to keep him for at least one more season.
Pep Guardiola has been impressed by the way Fernandinho has stepped up since legend Kompany returned to Belgium as Anderlecht player-boss.
The South American has been forced to play centre-back in the early stages this term, because of Aymeric Laporte’s long-term knee problem and another injury to John Stones.
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And after six years at the Etihad, he has also steadily emerged as a hugely-influential dressing room figure — something else which has gone down well with manager Guardiola.
Fernandinho is firmly settled in Manchester with a young family and will jump at the chance to stay with the club he joined from Shakhtar.
But it will come with a slight downside, as he is likely to have to take a slight reduction on his current £120,000-a-week wages.