By Alex McLeish

14th Apr, 2022 | 6:00pm

Man City have Fernandinho replacement 'lined up'; two Premier League stars on shortlist - pundit

Man City already have a replacement for Fernandinho lined up with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips possible options.

That’s according to former Rangers and Scotland boss Alex McLeish, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the City midfielder’s future.

On Tuesday (12 April) Fernandino, 36, revealed he will be leaving Man City when his contract expires at the end of the season.

This came as news to Pep Guardiola, who was asked about the midfielder’s decision during his pre-Atletico Madrid press conference.

He was quoted as saying “oh, I didn’t know” when a reporter asked for his reaction to Fernandinho’s reaction.

With Man City now set to lose a key member of their squad, McLeish claims Rice could be targeted as a replacement.

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“The system Man City have, they will have someone lined up for that position,” McLeish told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge.

“I don’t want to mention West Ham in case David Sullivan rings me about touting his players around.

“Man City need to fill that gap with someone like Declan Rice. Kalvin Phillips is excellent but Rice is maybe ahead in terms of experience.

“I think Rice does a bit more defensively than Phillips but there is no doubting they are both quality.”

Fernandinho has made 373 appearances for Manchester City since joining the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in June 2013.

23 of those appearances have come this season as he has found starts hard to come by.

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