No Fernandinho back-up signing in January, says Pep Guardiola | Football News |

No Fernandinho back-up signing in January, says Pep Guardiola | Football News |

No Fernandinho back-up signing in January, says Pep Guardiola | Football News |

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Pep Guardiola: I have Fernandinho plan B

Pep Guardiola: I have Fernandinho plan B

Manchester City will “kill” Fernandinho if they continue to play him every game, says Pep Guardiola, but an understudy will not be signed in January.

Fernandinho turns 34 before the end of the season but has started every Premier League game for leaders City, who have not conceded a goal in open play in the competition in three months.

The Brazilian’s current contract will expire at the end of the 2019-20 campaign and manager Guardiola admits the player is his only “specific” option in defensive midfield, but insisted there is “no way” Fernandinho can continue playing each match as City approach a run of 10 games in little over a month.

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