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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.”