FERNANDINHO is ready to call time on his Manchester City career at the end of the season.
But the Brazilian midfielder may still carry on playing, with several clubs in his homeland and America’s Major League Soccer showing an interest.
That could even see him maintaining links with his current employers, as City’s sister club in New York are among them.
Fernandinho triggered an automatic 12-month extension to his current terms in the summer, after featuring in over 70 per cent of games last season.
He is free to talk to clubs in January and City insiders claim the former Shakhtar Donetsk star is ready to step aside as Pep Guardiola revamps his squad.
Fernandinho is very happy in England but will be 36 by the end of the season and knows his playing opportunities are becoming ever more limited.
The City skipper remains a huge influence inside the dressing room but isn’t expecting the Etihad top brass to renew his stay for another year.
He has told friends that while he would love to stay, he is also well aware that City are evolving again.
Fernandinho, who cost £30 million in 2013, returned from a month out with a leg injury for the closing stages of Wednesday’s win over Olympiakos.
But even though he is back to fitness, he knows openings will be limited this season and the time has come to move on.