Fernandinho: Man City midfielder signs new deal to stay at Premier League champions until 2022

Fernandinho has signed a one-year deal to remain at the Etihad until summer 2022; champions Manchester City start their Premier League defence with a trip to Spurs as they look for a first win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, live on Sky Sports

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Fernandinho says he has unfinished business at Manchester City after signing a one-year contract extension. Pictures: CityTV

Fernandinho has signed a one-year deal to remain at Manchester City until the end of the 2021/22 season.

The Brazilian arrived at the Etihad from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, since then amassing 350 appearances for the club and winning 12 trophies, including four Premier League titles and a record six League Cups.

The City captain insists he still has unfinished business, and is targeting another shot at the Champions League after losing to Chelsea in their first final last month.

"In my head and my mind, the job is not done yet and so that's why I decided to stay here another year and try to help the team and the club to achieve the goals that they're looking for," he said.

"In my point of view, we can do that, there's still places to improve and to get those targets.

"Obviously, for me and for my family it's a pleasure to stay in Manchester for one more year.

"If I can keep doing the same way, leading them inside the pitch, off the pitch, to help them to improve and get better and to perform better during the games, I would be the most happy person there."

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City's director of football Txiki Begiristain said: "Fernandinho's contribution to Manchester City cannot be overstated.

"He is an outstanding footballer - one of the best in the world in his position - and an exemplary professional.

Manchester City won their fifth Premier League title in 2021.
Image: Manchester City won their fifth Premier League title in 2021

"Since he arrived in 2013, his attitude and consistency have been exceptional, and he has developed into one of our most influential players.

"He is our captain; our leader and it is a position he has excelled in. There are a number of talented young players in our squad and, therefore, it is vital we have somebody with Fernandinho's knowledge and experience.

"He remains an important player for us and we are delighted he has committed to another year."

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Live PL on Sky Sports: Spurs vs Man City on opening weekend

Sky Sports will begin the 2021/22 Premier League season in style, with title holders Man City's clash at Tottenham and Brentford's debut against Arsenal to be shown live.

The Bees reached the Premier League via the Sky Bet Championship play-offs, having not played in the top flight since the 1946/47 season, when their last game was also against Arsenal.

Premier League Fixtures 2021/22

The Gunners' trip to the Brentford Community Stadium will get proceedings under way for the new campaign, live on Sky Sports on Friday August 13.

On Saturday August 14, another Premier League newcomer, Norwich, begin their season at home to Liverpool, while West Ham's trip to Newcastle will launch the first Super Sunday of the campaign on August 15.

This will be followed by the start of Man City's latest Premier League title defence, travelling to Tottenham, live on Sky Sports.

Champions League holders Chelsea also face a tough opening and their away trips to Arsenal and Liverpool will both be shown live on successive weekends.

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Rob Jones and Clinton Morrison discuss the 2021/22 Premier League fixtures as champions Manchester City start their title defence at Tottenham

The first Monday Night Football of the season will take Sky Sports to the London Stadium as West Ham and Leicester - who battled for European spots last season - go head-to-head on Monday August 23.

Two of Manchester United's opening games have also been selected for Sky Live coverage, travelling to Southampton and Wolves on August 22 and August 29 respectively.

Sky Sports will show 128 exclusively live Premier League matches during the 2021/22 season and is your ultimate destination for domestic football, with live coverage of the Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership and the recent addition of the FA Women's Super League.

Opening Sky Sports live fixtures in full

Friday August 13 - Brentford vs Arsenal, kick-off 8pm

Saturday August 14 - Norwich vs Liverpool, kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday August 15 - Newcastle vs West Ham, kick-off 2pm

Sunday August 15 - Tottenham vs Man City, kick-off 4.30pm

Saturday August 21 - Brighton vs Watford, kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday August 22 - Southampton vs Man Utd, kick-off 2pm

Sunday August 22 - Arsenal vs Chelsea, kick-off 4.30pm

Monday August 23 - West Ham vs Leicester, kick-off 8pm

Saturday August 28 - Liverpool vs Chelsea, kick-off 5.30pm

Sunday August 29 - Burnley vs Leeds, kick-off 2pm

Sunday August 29 - Wolves vs Man Utd, kick-off 4.30pm

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