22nd March 2017. By Ryan Baldi. After marking himself out as one of the best right-backs in Europe, a summer of speculation over Fabinho's future ended with him singing a new contract with Monaco.

The Brazilian, who moved to the Principality from Rio Ave in 2013, initially on loan, has so impressed in his time at the Stade Louis II that Manchester United and Manchester City were reportedly hot on his tail Central Midfield is Suiting Fabinho Monacoat the end of last season, with £25million bids mooted.

However, since shunning interest from the Premier League in favour of remaining part of Leonardo Jardim's exciting ball retention, and also aides the Brazilian in his efforts to create space for himself and others, taking an adversary out of the picture and opening up passing lanes.

All of these facets of his game were in evidence in the recent Champions League triumph over
So too has Fabinho, with the side he helped vanquish in the Champions League, Manchester City, believed to be chief among many admirers.

But with the player tied down until the summer of 2021, Monaco are under no pressure to sell. If his market value was around the £25 million-mark last summer, it will surely have sky-rocketed higher after such an impressive campaign in 2016-17.

The loss of two or three key players is almost inevitable, though. Many of Monaco's stars will want to fulfil their ambitions of playing for the clubs more traditionally accustomed to competing for top honours.

That time will come for Fabinho but, for now, the Brazilian is in no rush to depart the Stade Louis II, as he told L'Equipe in October last year when asked if he intends to leave the club: "I could have already done it, but I'm under contract here. "I feel good here. I'm an important player in one of the best teams in the league."