Fernandinho of Manchester City
Manchester City captain Fernandinho raises his hands in triumph after his team bested rivals Manchester United in the Carabao Cup. Photo by Peter Powell.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has confirmed he’s close to extending his contract at the Etihad Stadium, with his current deal poised to expire at the end of this season.

The 34-year-old has grown to become a crucial figure under Pep Guardiola and has played vital roles during the club’s recent successes, which included a domestic trophy treble last season.

Fernandinho made his first Carabao Cup appearance of the season on Tuesday when City defeated rivals Manchester United in the first leg of their semi-final clash.

He told reporters after the game that there was mutual interest in extending his terms:

"When I renewed at the end of 2018, we put a clause that if I reached certain goals, my contract would be renewed automatically.
"Conversations have already started, we talked about it last month. I am close to reaching those goals and renewing the contract, but we can only confirm it after signing.”

The Brazil international has played exclusively at centre-back this season following a serious injury to Aymeric Laporte, proving his ability to play at the top level in a number of positions.

Fernandinho is currently in his seventh season at the Etihad having joined from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013. His £34 million signing looks like great value after he’s picked up three Premier League titles during his time at the club.

The anchor has averaged roughly 45 appearances per season since he arrived in Manchester, and despite his age, it doesn’t look as though City’s reliance on Fernandinho will end in 2020.