The Lowdown: End of an era
The 37-year-old joined the Cityzens in a £30m move from Shakhtar Donetsk back in 2013 and has enjoyed plenty of success during his time in Manchester, winning 13 trophies including the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup on multiple occasions.
The Brazil veteran revealed during a press conference with the media last month that he had decided that this would be his final campaign playing for City, but with Guardiola admitting that he would love the midfielder to remain at the club, there was a possibility that he might have had a change of heart.
However, it appears as though that’s not the case…
The Latest: Fernandinho returning to Brazil
Taking to Twitter to deliver a fresh update on Fernandinho’s future, Romano shot down any lingering hope that there may have been of a U-turn from the 37-year-old.
The journalist outlined: “Fernandinho hasn’t changed his mind and he’ll leave Manchester City in the summer, as already announced. His priority is to go back to Brazil.
“Pep wanted Fernandinho to stay but it’s a personal decision… and Man City will go a new midfielder this summer.”
The Verdict: He’ll be a massive loss
The departure of the 53-cap Brazil international will come as a huge loss not only to Guardiola but the club as a whole, with Fernandinho making an astonishing 380 appearances, scoring 26 goals and registering 33 assists across all competitions during that time, via Transfermarkt.
The City skipper was once dubbed a “sensational” player by Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, and he has been a massively influential player in the middle of the park where there will be huge boots to fill, no matter who City end up signing as his replacement.
If Fernandinho is to return to his homeland, this would more than likely take him to the end of his playing career given his age, and it’s fair to say that his time in English football is something that he will be able to look back upon as a very successful one in years to come.
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