Fernandinho, 35, impressed against Manchester United last week in the League Cup semi-final
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Fernandinho is torn over his future and has left the door open for Manchester City to make an offer to stay at the Etihad Stadium.
The Brazilian, 35, is out of contract in the summer and has received offers from South America and Europe over a pre-contract but it is understood he is yet to make a final decision on where he will play next season.
It means City can offer him a deal to extend his time at the club into a ninth season, during which time the midfielder has won three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and four EFL Cups.
Fernandinho’s agent, Giovanni Branchini, recently stated that his client has a “great affection” for Atletico Paranaense in Brazil where he started his career before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Branchini added that Fernandinho’s move will be based on where his family want to live. They have spent almost eight years in England during a time he has become a key player for City and is still seen as an important part of Pep Guardiola’s squad.
He played in the EFL Cup semi-final victory against Manchester United last week when he scored the goal that sealed a 2-0 win, having come off the bench to see out victory at Chelsea the previous weekend.
“It is about how he talks with his team-mates and his assistant coach, before the game, at half-time, not just with the players in football matters, in life, how he behaves every single day in training,” said Guardiola. “It’s not just words. He’s the first who is able to do it.
“He goes to Old Trafford and plays holding midfield, not easy with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba when they move closer to him it’s not easy to control but he made an exceptional game, he makes a step forward and showed how to adapt, I’m really impressed.”