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What a decade you’ve given us — Fernandinho confirms Manchester City exit


As the current football season winds down, the summer transfer window gradually draws near. Even before the window opens, the transfer rumours continue to dominate the media space with clubs linked with players across the world. Some clubs are already making moves to secure the signatures of some players who will drop into free agent come the end of June. Other teams are also making moves on hot targets in order to prevent a hike in player values and bidding wars that could drag on all summer. Players like Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Victor Osimhen are all garnering interest from top European clubs with contacts with representatives at various stages.

In England, a number of clubs are in unofficial talks with players in a bid to secure their targets in a summer window where prices are expected to shoot up. Manchester City have had their fair share of transfer links with some names linked with a move to Etihad while some names are linked with a move away from the Blues from Manchester as well.

Man City club captain, Fernandinho recently revealed that he is unlikely to continue at the club when his contract expires in the summer. The Brazilian indicated that he would move back home to Brazil as he brings an end to his time in England. When asked whether he would like to stay another year at City, the club captain said “I don’t think so. Yes, I want to play more; I will go back to Brazil. I decided with my family, which is the most important thing for me. And some people in the club know it.”

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was surprised by the news and said they would have a talk after City’s campaign comes to an end in May. “I didn’t know it,” the manager said. “You gave me the news. We will see what will happen at the end of the season. I said many times we will see what happens.”

When asked again, Pep said: “I said at the end of the season we will talk – maybe it is a family decision, maybe he wants more minutes. I would love to be with him.”

Fernandinho himself later stated that he remains committed to the club’s cause and even featured in the Champions League semi-final first-leg tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

He has played over 370 games for the club winning four league titles and six league cups. His role in recent seasons has reduced, with minutes becoming hard to get. Should his time at the Etihad end this summer, former club Athletico Paranaense would do everything to bring him back to Brazil. The club would not stand in the way of one of their longest-serving stalwarts and would give him a befitting send-off should Fernandinho decide to depart after almost ten seasons at the club.

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