Manchester City's makeshift centre-half Fernandinho is reportedly set to be offered a new deal as reward for his leadership qualities. Midfielder Fernandinho has come to City's rescue this season amid a defensive crisis which has seen centre-backs Aymeric Laporte and John Stones sidelined.
In their absence, Fernandinho has struck up a centre-half partnership with Nicolas Otamendi.
Although the pair were exposed in City's 2-0 defeat to Wolves at the Etihad last weekend, it has generally been recognised that Fernandinho has stepped up to the plate in style in playing out of position.
The 34-year-old Brazilian has also filled a leadership void created by the departure of Vincent Kompany last summer and the knee injury suffered by Laporte against Brighton .
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But City boss Pep Guardiola has been so impressed by the leadership Fernandinho has shown on and off the pitch that he is ready to offer him a new 12-month deal in the new year, according to The Sun .
The publication says Fernandinho would be expected to take a slight drop in his £120,000-a-week wages.
Fernandinho was first called into defensive action this season against his former club Shakhtar Donetsk, with City winning 3-0 in their Champions League opener as they bounced back from a 3-2 defeat to Norwich.
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Fernandinho revealed afterwards he had been training at centre-back since Rodri's arrival, saying: "I've been training in this position since the start of the season.
"Pep knows all about our squad and team. Today was my opportunity and I hope I can improve more."