Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez appears to have revealed that teammate Fernandinho will be leaving the Etihad Stadium next summer when the Brazilian’s contract expires.
Mahrez made this known on a Sky Sports show on its YouTube channel, where he and Benjamin Mendy were invited to a quiz about Manchester City and challenged to a present wrapping competition ahead of Christmas Day.
Recall that Fernandinho joined Pep Guardiola’s side from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 and has gone on to be a key member for City. In his six seasons at the Etihad, the Brazilian has won three Premier League titles, four League Cups and one FA Cup.
The defensive midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season and he has not yet confirmed that he will be leaving the club just as his fellow midfielder David Silva did during the summer. Also, there have been no formal discussions with the club to renew his current deal.
Meanwhile, during the show, Mahrez was asked which of his team-mates had announced that they will be leaving. But while he mentioned David Silva who had revealed that he would be departing, he also dropped another name, Fernandinho,
‘Who announced in the summer that this would be their final season at City?’ the Sky Sports presenter asks.
Mahrez immediately hits his buzzer and said: ‘David [Silva] and Fernandinho.’
The presenter turned to Mahrez and nodded in agreement with Silva’s name, before attempting to swiftly move on. However, Mendy’s reaction also suggested that Mahrez was guilty of a slip of the tongue.
This new medium had reported that Silva had confirmed that he would be ending his spell at City at the end of the season and was recently linked to New MLS side Inter Miami, owned by David Beckham.
He told The Daily Mail: ‘This is the last [season]. Ten years is enough for me. It’s the perfect time.
‘Initially, we were talking about two years, but I decided to sign another one, so I finished at 10 years. ‘The cycle is complete. It’s a round figure. I couldn’t see myself playing against City.’
The Spaniard ruled out a move to the Chinese Super League but talked up a potential switch to his local club Las Palmas.
He said: ‘China, no. My girlfriend will decide for me!’ he said. ‘I would love to end my career at Las Palmas, but football is very unpredictable.
It will depend on the club and the players that are there. I can’t return to play in the Segunda Division.’