Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed midfielder Fernandinho can remain with the club for years to come if he can adapt his playing style and become a centre-back.
The Brazil international has been an integral part of the Citizens' side for five and a half seasons, and has helped the side win two Premier League titles during his time at the club. Only recently has the 33-year-old received the deserved mass recognition for his important role in the side, after the club suffered a wobble during his absence with injury in December.
Speaking ahead of his side's Premier League clash against Chelsea, Guardiola revealed via the Mirror
"So he is intelligent to go forwards or go backwards – and he understands everything. Of course he has to train more for it (becoming a defender). I think he can do it, but his position now is as a midfield player.”
Meanwhile, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has claimed that City have one of the best midfield line-ups in the world. The ex-Napoli boss said the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva are among the most technically gifted players in Europe, but contended that his team would still be able to play their natural game if linchpin Jorginho was once again nullified by the opposition.