Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Agüero. Those are all very good very great very world-class footballers and Manchester City are in luck to have them in the team, but none of them are Pep Guardiola's favorite player.
That guy is midfielder Fernandinho, who has turned into a beast since the Catalan coach arrived at the club. The Brazilian didn't look like a great player in Manuel Pellegrini's final season, but since Guardiola's arrival, Fernandinho has changed his position on the pitch and become a really fantastic player, the most important in the City system.
Fernandinho looked set to leave the club before the new manager came in, and the Brazilian is in the final year of his contract, and would be able to walk away from free next summer. But that's about to change.
According to the Mirror, the 31-year-old will sign a new contract, with improved wages and three or four extra years of commitment to the club. Guardiola asked for Fernandinho's extension himself, which clearly shows how much Pep values the player.
In fact, in a recent interview, Pep said he wanted THREE Fernandinhos on his team:
“What we have done this season would have been impossible without Fernandinho. If a team has three men like him, they would be the champions.
“We only have one, but he is fast, he is intelligent, he is strong in the air and he can play several positions. When Fernandinho sees the space he will run there immediately. When you need to make a correction, when you just need one to change, he is there.”
We all love Dinho, and it's awesome to know he's staying. Hopefully that extension is signed and announced before January to avoid very silly rumors about him signing for free with another Premier League team. We don't need that.