Fernandinho could be the next top player to announce his departure from Manchester City, according to reports.
The city confirmed on Monday that they would say goodbye to record scorer Sergio Aguero at the end of the season. The striker’s contract is expiring and he will not be granted an extension despite his previous success with the club.
Aguero may not be the only veteran to come out of the Etihad stadium. According to Athletic, Fernandinho’s future is also in doubt.
The Brazilian is also out of contract at the end of the season. Previous reports have indicated that City are ready to keep him as a player or coach.
But it looks like his future may be far from Manchester. It is claimed that talks about his contract have stalled.
Fernandinho has several offers on the table from other clubs who still believe he can contribute. The 35-year-old has made 15 Premier League appearances this season.
There is now apparently a feeling among his teammates that his time at City is over. In fact, it may be inevitable that he leaves.
If Fernandinho wants to continue his playing career, he can look for a club where he will have more opportunities at City.
His departure would be another blow for Pep Guardiola, as he is one of the leaders of the group. With Aguero also on his way, City would find themselves with a leadership void to fill.
It is not yet clear who else might try to sign Fernandinho. But with no transfer fees, it could be a useful reinforcement for any party looking to grow stronger in the short term.
Last year, he hinted that a move to MLS at some point in his career would be interesting.
He could also have suitors in his native Brazil, but salaries could be a stumbling block.
Aguero exit message
Meanwhile, Aguero spoke before his emotional exit from the Etihad.
Writing on social media, the Argentinian said: “When a cycle comes to an end, a lot of sensations arise.
“A tremendous sense of satisfaction and pride remains in me to have played for Manchester City for ten full seasons – unusual for a professional player these days.
“Ten seasons with major achievements, during which I was able to become the historic top scorer and forge an indestructible bond with all those who love the club – people who will always remain in my heart.”
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