Fernandinho Signs New Manchester City Contract Through 2020

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Fernandinho, who has made 30 appearances in all competitions so far this season, has been described as "one of the best three holding midfielders in the world", by City boss Pep Guardiola.

The Argentina worldwide, who leads the Premier League in completed passes with 2033, is enjoying his best season at the Etihad Stadium since arriving in 2015 and praised the impact Guardiola has had on his game.

Sergio Aguero averages a goal or assist every 31 minutes against Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium. Those figures were boosted by a brilliant five-goal haul when City beat the Magpies 6-1 two years ago.

There is plenty for City to be positive about in attack, despite the failure to sign Sanchez and the continuing absence of Gabriel Jesus with a knee injury.

Guardiola suggested both the player and his agent Fernando Felicevich had driven the decision to choose a move to Old Trafford rather than push for a transfer to City - but insisted that was their right.

Then there was the 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, their first reverse in 29 matches, and the squeaky 2-1 win against Championship side Bristol City in the semi-final of the League Cup.

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They have lost just nine of their 87 Premier League home games since the start of the 2013-14 season.

They also sit just two points from second place and, you would think, the last thing they need now is to be taking their eyes off league football.

"He has been awesome - he is one of the hugest competitors I have ever seen in my life".

Mike Ashley has pulled out of negotiations to sell to Amanda Staveley's PCP Capital Partners consortium, leaving Benitez with little prospect but to continue working under the club's billionaire owner, with who he has an increasingly strained relationship.

It's renewed suggestions that the popular Benitez is set to walk away from the club because of an inability to bring in new players.

"I've already organised everything with the tickets and the players know what they have to do, it's all going to be sorted so they aren't distracted beyond this weekend".

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