Fernandinho netted his first goal of the campaign in Manchester City’s EFL Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United on Wednesday.

The midfielder has less than six months left on his contract, and in the summer he can leave the Etihad as a free agent if he decides against signing a new deal with the Citizens.

Pep Guardiola was in full praise of the Brazil international in his FA Cup pre-match press conference on Friday.

Mundo Deportivo state the 35-year-old ‘responds to that prototype of a footballer who always thinks of the team before him, through thick and thin’.

The newspaper also looks at his contract situation and states ‘it is not known’ whether or not the former Shakhtar Donetsk man will renew his contract with the Premier League side.

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It’s claimed the ‘question’ about the player’s future beyond this season is ‘beginning to disturb’ City.

This indicates there’s willingness from Guardiola’s side to retain the South American beyond his current deal.

Fernandinho cannot think ‘long-term’ because he will turn 36 years of age in May. The midfielder has lost prominence at City, but Mundo explains ‘he’s still life insurance when he plays’.