Pep Guardiola gives ‘official invitation’ to Manchester City legend to join coaching staff

With Rodri claiming to be the best defensive midfielder in Europe right now, Fernandinho has had to watch his successor shine from the sidelines.

The Manchester City skipper has become a replacement since the arrival of the Spain international in 2019 and it’s particularly telling this season, with the Brazilian having made just three Premier League starts for the current league leaders.

Signing a one-year extension in June 2021, the Brazilian’s greatest assets are what he brings in terms of leadership and dressing room experience.

However, according to information from Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola, translated and relayed by Sport Witness, Fernandinho received a “Official invitation” of Pep Guardiola to work as a member of his staff after announcing his retirement.

Further details suggest that at this time the seasoned veteran has yet to decide ‘if he keeps playing’ next summer.

According to a recent report, Fernandinho has been linked with a highly speculative January move to Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro.

However, the same report claims that there is not even a “Minimum chance” that the 36-year-old is leaving City for a return to Brazil in January. He also indicates that this applies to a transfer to the Brazilian giants as well as “any other club in the world‘ in January.

With the respect Fernandinho commands in the dressing, combined with relationships within the current Manchester City squad, working under Pep Guardiola going forward feels like a game in heaven.

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