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Why Declan Rice Is the Perfect Long-Term Replacement for Fernandinho at Manchester City

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However, despite appearing to be Pep Guardoila's second choice to the young Dutchman, Rice would be a more than ideal fit as a long-term replacement for the club's over-reliance on Fernandinho.

?If the rumours are to be believed, Manchester City are set to fail in their efforts to persuade Ajax's Frenkie De Jong to move to the Etihad, paving the way for another young star to be linked to the champions, Declan Rice.



Step forward Declan Rice.



The notable absentee from both those fixtures was 33-year-old Fernandinho who, even into his thirties, is an unquestionably vital cog in the machine that is Manchester City.

Manchester City's title defence came close to derailing in December as they relinquished their lead at the Premier League summit to Liverpool, following back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester.

If he keeps up this level of performance for the remainder of the season, it could have huge implications on the defensive midfielder's long-term club future.

However, Rice is a player undoubtedly  destined for greatness, and tailor made to fill the chasm left when Fernandinho's time at  ?Manchester City Despite having turned out over 50 times for the east London club, Rice is still somewhat inexperienced, but in such an inflated market he could end up proving to be a bargain for City's cash-rich owners.
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