The former Man City captain’s contract with the club officially expired on Thursday.
Fernandinho has penned a poetic farewell to everyone connected to Manchester City.
The 37-year-old midfielder has left the Etihad Stadium after a superb nine seasons. In 383 appearances, he supplied 26 goals and 33 assists on route to winning 13 trophies. These involved five Premier League titles, six EFL Cups, one FA Cup, and the Community Shield.
Now Fernandinho has returned to his native Brazil to reunite with Atletico Paranaense on a reported two-year deal.
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— Fernandinho (@fernandinho) June 30, 2022
Fernandinho bids farewell
On the day his Manchester City contract officially expired, Fernandinho took to Twitter to bid a poetic farewell in an open letter.
“I saw. I saw my family proud. I saw supporters that never forgot where they came from,” he posted.
“I saw the beauty of being part of a winning team. I saw titles, superstars and geniuses. I saw an opportunity to fulfil my dream.
“And then I realised. I realised the importance of all reading this letter. I realised that I made the right choice, the best choice of my entire life.
“I hope one day when you remember me, you feel the same way that I’m feeling when I’m writing this.”
He added: “Athletes, coaches/trainers, laundry staff, kit managers, cleaners, concierge, security team, door staff, advisors, executives, cooks, directors, doctors, masseuses, physiotherapists, sports psychologists, media team, analysts, youth teams, charity teams…
“Apologies if I missed anyone, but you know who you are. Today is the last day of my contract with Manchester City.
“I can only say that I gave my very best and I would do it all over again. The story continues and after playing for nine years, I will become an avid Cityzen supporter for many more titles and victories.
“I am certain that many more will come judging by the quality of all your daily work.”
Fernandinho signed off the letter: “My memories will last forever. Many thanks, your eternal captain.”