Manchester City midfielder and captain Fernandinho has revealed that he is set to leave the club at the end of the season. The Brazilian whose contract is up at the end of the season even shocked his manager Pep Guardiola with his revelation. He has made 370 appearances for the club since joining nine years ago from Shakthar Donetsk. Fernandinho has won four Premier League titles and six League Cups with the Manchester club.
“Yes, I want to play. I want to play regularly,” Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho said when asked if he wanted to play more regularly. “I will go back to Brazil. I decided with my family, which is the most important for me.”
“I was 100 percent honest and spontaneous in answering that question at today’s press conference,” he added later on Twitter. “But anyone who knows me also knows that my greatest honesty is with Man City and my duties as team captain. My focus is 100 percent on winning all the titles we are playing for and I will only talk about my future at the end of the season. Let’s keep pushing!”
“Oh! I didn’t know. You give me the news. I didn’t hear it. We will see what happens. I don’t know what will happen. He is so important. At the end of the season we talk, maybe it’s because of his family. I would love it. We will talk. I’ll ask him,” Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said. “The role he plays this season – I like the people who behave behind the scenes. I know what he has done, behind me, he handles many of our players and stars for the benefit of the team. I praise him and he was there when I arrive. Raheem (Sterling), Kevin (De Bruyne), John (Stones), a few players.”