Fernandinho: ‘I always listen to Pep, even at my age I can improve’

At 33 Manchester City’s defensive-midfield rock is delighted with life as one of the team’s few automatic picks

Pep Guardiola the manager paid Fernandinho a heartfelt compliment a couple of weeks ago, when he suggested Guardiola the player might find it difficult to break into the present Manchester City team.

Plenty of people on City’s books know the feeling but Fernandinho plays in the withdrawn midfield position where Guardiola used to operate and, at a time when the manager occasionally leaves out such stellar talents as Sergio Agüero, David Silva and Raheem Sterling, the Brazilian’s appearance record speaks for itself.

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