Guardiola, Fernandinho
Man City midfielder, Fernandinho

Pep Guardiola has no intention of moving Fernandinho back into the Manchester City midfield.

The Brazilian has been playing as a centre-back in recent months. That situation first came about through necessity with Aymeric Laporte and John Stones out injured but has endured even with the latter now fit again.

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City boss Guardiola concedes pairing Stones with Nicolas Otamendi is not a combination he likes. The pair – who are currently the club’s only fit senior specialist central defenders – have not started together since a calamitous loss to Norwich in September.

The champions have now fallen 11 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, with Fernandinho‘s absence from midfield cited as an issue by critics.

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Yet Guardiola has no intention of moving the 34-year-old back into his preferred role. Asked why Stones and Otamendi are not trusted together, Guardiola said: “Because I like ‘Dinho playing in that position a lot. “Right now, yes (I prefer him as a defender). That is why he plays.”

Asked about the midfield, he added: “I prefer (Ilkay) Gundogan and Rodri in this position.”

Source: Football 365

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