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Fernandinho believes he still has plenty of years left at the top of the game.

The 34-year-old, who signed for City in 2013, has enjoyed an illustrious career for both club and country.

As well as winning three Premier Leagues, an FA Cup and four League Cups with City, he helped Shakhtar Donetsk to six Ukrainian titles and was part of Brazil's successful 2019 Copa America squad. 

It’s been a rich and varied career for the midfielder - but he says there's more to come. 

“I just thank god for that because he gave me a body for it,” he said.

“Of course, I have to take care of myself, but the staff help take care of us.

“We have a really good team behind the scenes, and this helps us a lot. We prepare first the mind, then the body and then just go.

“I always say I will play until my mind allows me. If I am happy and motivated to train every day fresh, I will play, but I don’t want to say I will be 37, 38…we will see.”

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Fernandinho is widely recognised as one of the world’s premium defensive midfielders.

However, with City suffering something of an injury crisis at centre-half this term, he has been pressed into emergency action in the back four.

Fernandinho's performances have been typically assured, with his defensive qualities supplemented by an unerring ability to start attacks from deep.

The Brazilian says the move hasn’t fazed him and thanked the manager and his teammates for helping him make the switch.

“I feel good,” he added. “Of course, I have the help of my teammates and manager. It’s been great for me, trying to do my best as always since I signed for City.

“Sometimes you feel you have to improve a little bit – but that’s beauty of football. You can. Every morning, you can make it happen.”

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Fernandinho also found time to praise Raheem Sterling.

The forward has been superb this season, scoring 14 goals and assisting five in 17 Club matches.

It's blistering form for a player who had previously been criticised for profligacy in the final third, something Fernandinho says Sterling has improved immeasurably. 

“He is taking the chances we create,” he said. “That’s good because we create a lot.

“Most games we create a lot and the players we have know this.

“He gets it really well. He has improved a lot scoring goals.

“He grew up as a player and a person, has more experience now. It’s good for him and us.

“I hope he carries on growing and improving.”

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