Fernandinho could become one of Pep Guardiola’s assistants at Manchester City, says president of Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro who are desperate to land veteran midfielder when his contract at the Etihad expires this summer
Fernandinho has been offered a role on Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City when his contract expires in the summer, according to a director at Atletico Mineiro.
The 35-year-old City captain has been linked with a move to the Brazilian club when he leaves City but Rodrigo Caetano suggested he could remain at the Etihad Stadium in another capacity.
The defensive midfielder has started just five Premier League and two Champions League games this season with most of his 19 appearances coming off the bench.
Fernandinho could become one of Pep Guardiola’s assistants when his contract with Manchester City expires in the summer, according to reports in Brazil
The 35-year-old Brazilian midfielder has been used sparingly for City this season
‘There is a lot of speculation because he is coming to the end of his contract,’ Caetano told O Tempo. ‘He is a reference point at City – not only on the pitch but a lot off the pitch too.
‘I don’t know if you know, but there is even an offer for him to join Pep as an assistant.
‘He is very interesting to us, because he is very good on the pitch and excellent off it as well.
‘But there are no negotiations at the moment with Fernandinho or his agents.’
It seems the decision will hinge on whether Fernandinho wants to prolong his playing career in his native country or make the move into coaching right away.
He has shown an interest in moving into coaching in the past and admires Guardiola’s work.
Fernandinho has a decision to make in the summer over whether to prolong his playing career or make the move into coaching
The Brazilian takes on John Egan during City’s win over Sheffield United last month
‘I always say that the difference between him and the other coaches I’ve had during my time in football is that he looks at the smallest details,’ Fernandinho told Sky Sports last year.
‘He gives you the information you need about the opponent and of course about yourself, and he spends a lot of time looking at where to find spaces and where to close spaces to create difficulties for the opponent.
‘That’s important because the game we see, as players and coaches, is a bit different from the public who go to the stadium or watch the games on TV.
‘Those details help you to improve, to perform better and to help the team.’
City have the opportunity to moved five points clear of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League if they win at Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.