Pep explains Fernandinho’s PSG start
Guardiola masterminded a calm victory over PSG on Tuesday and Fernandinho was at the heart of the performance.
Despite the presence of the younger and more mobile Rodri on the City bench, the Brazilian was preferred by the Spanish coach and he gave an amusing initial explanation for the decision.
“It’s the birthday for Fernandinho, it’s my present,” Guardiola joked.
“Everyone is able to play, ready to play, decide this line up for the composure, I don’t know, I decide for these guys.
“We try to win the game, don’t think about the result one week ago or consequences, play to win the game.”
With his deal expiring at the end of the season, much has been questioned as to his City future and the latest information suggests it may be coming to an end.
City target Rice
Talks over a new deal for next season have seemingly stalled and that has led to the club seeking a replacement.
According to The Times, City will be looking to Declan Rice of West Ham as the preferred replacement for Fernandinho.
Chelsea and Manchester United are also admirers of the midfielder and a bidding war could ensue.
West ham boss David Moyes has already insisted it will take a huge fee to tempt the Hammers into selling Rice.
“I don’t know where the Bank of England is for Tomas Soucek but I’ve said with Declan, it would take the Bank of England and the Royal Bank of Scotland to get him,” Moyes said.
Rice is currently out injured and faces a fight to play again this season and even at the European Championships.
His next match on the field could yet take place in a different coloured shirt.
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