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Manchester City captain to leave Etihad at the end of the season

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After almost a decade at the Etihad Stadium, Fernandinho will leave the Premier League this summer.

Manchester City captain Fernandinho has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old midfielder signed a new contract last summer for this season. However, after nine years of service, he plans to return to his native Brazil once the deal expires in June.

In a press conference on Tuesday ahead of City’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg against Atletico Madrid the next day, Fernandinho confirmed it.

“I don’t think so,” the Brazilian said when asked if he’ll stay at the club beyond the end of the season.

“I want to play [next season], I will go back to Brazil, for sure.”

What is Fernandinho’s record at Manchester City?

The former Brazil international joined the club in 2013 from Shakhtar Donetsk in a €40 million deal.

He has since made 373 appearances in a Citizens jersey, managing 25 goals and 32 assists. Four Premier League titles, six EFL Cups, and one FA Cup have come his way.

While naturally a defensive midfielder, Fernandinho transformed into a central defender for the 2019/20 campaign to help an injury-hit City keep 12 clean sheets in the Premier League.

But Fernandinho’s opportunities this season have lessened, having made just 13 Premier League appearances – and only one in 2022.

“I want him to be happy,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “We play tomorrow for him. Give him the best farewell moment reaching the [Champions League] semi-finals, after trying to go through.”