Manchester City: Fernandinho announces his departure… and surprises Guardiola! – Football

Fernandinho announced his departure from Manchester City at the end of the season in a press conference on Tuesday. His coach Josep Guardiola made no secret of his surprise when he heard the news minutes later.

Manchester City: Fernandinho announces his move

Guardiola heard of his player’s departure during a press conference

373 games, 25 goals, 32 assists, 13 trophies… Fernandinho knows almost everything at Manchester City since his arrival in 2013. And 37, the defensive midfielder thinks the time has come quickly to turn the page.

Fernandinho announces his departure

In a press conference on Tuesday, the day before the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Atletico Madrid (1-0 success for City in the first leg), the Brazilian announced that he would leave the club at the end of his contract in June. after nine years in England. The player, who has started just six times in the Premier League this season, is looking to return to Brazil to find more playing time as his career draws to a close.

I want to play. I will return to Brazil, that’s for sure. I made this decision with my family announced the former player of Shakhtar Donetsk. It’s the same as last season, he continued. I don’t play much, but I take care of the other players and try to help as much as possible, on or off the field. Last season, Manchester City managed to extend the Londrina resident for a year despite an already declining playing time. This will of course not be the case in the coming weeks. Much to the chagrin of Josep Guardiola.

Guardiola didn’t know…

The Citizens coach, who succeeded his player for the media, heard the news from a journalist. Oh ! Guardiola exclaimed at first, causing some laughter in the room. I did not know. You just told me the news he went on, confirming that his surprise was not feigned. I don’t know what will happen. He is so important to me. But it’s up to him to decide. (…) We will talk about it at the end of the season. Maybe it’s a family decision.

Raised €40 million in 2013, Fernandinho won four English Championships (2014, 2018, 2019, 2021), six League Cups (2014, 2016, 2018, 2021), an FA Cup (2019) and two Community Shield (2018, 2019) in the colors of Manchester City. Before leaving, the Athletico Paranaense player still has the opportunity to add a Champions League to this fine record.

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