Fernandinho, who has won a Premier League title and two League Cups since being at City, has provided the steel in midfield which has had Guardiola purring that if every side had "three Fernandinho's they would be champions".
The Brazil worldwide, due to see his existing terms expire at the end of the current campaign, is now tied down at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2020. I'm very happy to be playing this kind of football.More news: Russian Federation tells United States to show proof of N. Korea sanctions-busting
The energetic holding midfielder also scored in the League Cup final victory in 2016 and has thus far netted 19 goals in 212 appearances in all competitions for the English giants.
"The way we've played this season, everyone is happy, especially our fans".
Fernandinho has featured in a total of 30 games for the Cityzens this campaign, and has been an important part of the squad that has established a 12-point lead at the top of the league table.More news: ONGC acquires 51.11pc of Govt stake in HPCL
Otamendi added: "When a manager like Pep praises you, it means a lot. We saw it last Sunday [in a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool]", he told a press conference, as quoted by Four Four Two.
"When Man United, Liverpool and the other clubs in Europe do what they do, I respect".
"I think that nowadays for the way I have improved I'm in a really good moment, but I can still improve".More news: DPRK officials arrive in South to prepare
"He has worked with a lot of great players, a lot of quality players, intelligent players".