Pablo Zabaleta sings praises of versatile midfielder Fernandinho.
Fernandinho signed for Man City in 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk for a transfer fee of around £34 million.
The Brazilian has earned the respect of a legend status at the Etihad.
He already made 320 appearances for the Cityzens winning three Premier League titles and received the captain’s armband this season.
Former City legend Pablo Zabaleta believes Fernandino would go down in history as one of City’s greatest.
“Fernandinho is like a fine wine. He gets better as he gets older,” Zabaleta told the club website.
“He’s always been really physically strong, but when he’s on the field he brings that leadership and experience to the team.
“His positioning is always good; he can tackle and his distribution of the ball is always excellent.
“OK, maybe he has lost a yard of pace, which is quite normal for a player who is 35, but playing in midfield or at centre-back, you don’t really need that kind of pace.
“He can protect the back four as well as anyone in the Premier League, especially when he plays alongside Rodrigo and he is still a very important player for City.
“He’s also a really nice guy and, for me, one of the greatest signings City made during my time at the Etihad.”