” 1 Luke Watson Luke Watson has been appointed captain of Bath for the upcoming Aviva Premiership season. The 26-year-old South African number eight takes over from fellow Springbok Michael Claassens, who declined the opportunity to continue as skipper. “”Michael took the team through some difficult times and laid an incredibly good foundation for us,”” said Watson. “”It is a big honour and privilege, but it is also a big responsibility.”” Bath head coach Steve Meehan said Watson had made a major impact on his team-mates since arriving from the Western Province last November. “There are a number of things that have to be taken into consideration when choosing a captain and for me Luke ticked all those boxes,”” said Meehan. “But, when you are new to a club, you have to earn the respect of the players, you have to train hard, you have to play hard and I believe Luke has done that.” ” ” 1 Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho Fernandinho has signed a two-year contract extension to commit himself to Manchester City until the summer of 2020.
The 32-year-old Brazilian was in the last six months of his previous deal but the club had long been in talks with a man who has become a key part of Pep Guardiola’s midfield. “This is a club with a fantastic future and I want to be a part of it for as long as possible,” Fernandinho said on the club’s official website.@1xbet “With Pep in charge, I feel sure we can win significant silverware and, importantly, we will try to do it playing attractive, attacking football. “It’s a pleasure to be a part of this club and I look forward to seeing what the next few years bring.” Since arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, Fernandinho has made 212 appearances for City, 30 of them this season, and scored a total of 19 goals. In November, Guardiola described him as “one of the best three holding midfielders in the world,” and director of football Txiki Begiristain was happy to finalise a new deal. “We’re delighted Ferna has signed his new contract. He is a senior member of the squad and his professionalism and work ethic are second to none,” he said. “His form has been fantastic this season and we’re happy he’s extended his deal for a further two years.” “