MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM (AFP) – Manchester City captain Fernandinho shocked supervisor Pep Guardiola by saying on Tuesday (April 12) he deliberate to go away the English champions on the finish of the season.
The 36-year-old former Brazil worldwide, who has received 4 Premier League titles since becoming a member of City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, revealed his intentions at a pre-match press convention forward of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg away to Atletico Madrid.
Fernandinho, requested if he want to lengthen his keep on the Etihad for an additional 12 months, replied: “No, I want to play regularly. I will go back to Brazil. I decided with my family, which is the most important for me.”
Guardiola, alongside the midfielder on the press convention, was shocked by his skipper’s announcement.
“Oh! I didn’t know. You give me the news,” he mentioned.
“I didn’t hear it. We will see what occurs. I don’t know what is going to occur.
“He is so important. I’ll ask him,” the Spaniard insisted.
Guardiola mentioned Fernandinho had been “an incredible player for Manchester City”.
The supervisor added: “At the end of the season we talk, maybe it’s because of his family. I would love it. We will talk.”
‘Honest and spontaneous’
Fernandinho later took to social media to make clear his feedback.
“I was 100 per cent honest and spontaneous in answering that question at today’s press conference,” he wrote in a Twitter publish.
“But anyone who knows me also knows that my greatest honesty is with Man City and my duties as team captain.”
English champions City nonetheless lead the Premier League by some extent from Liverpool after final weekend’s 2-2 draw with the Merseysiders, who additionally present their opposition in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.
“My focus is 100 per cent on winning all the titles we are playing for and I will only talk about my future at the end of the season,” Fernandinho added in one other Twitter publish. “Let’s keep pushing.”
Fernandinho made his final begin for City in a house Champions League tie in opposition to Sporting in early March.
But Guardiola mentioned his membership captain remained an essential determine on the Etihad.
“The role he plays this season – I like the people who behave behind the scenes,” he defined.
“I do know what he has finished, behind me, he handles lots of our gamers and stars for the advantage of the group.
“I reward him and he was right here once I arrive. Raheem (Sterling), Kevin (De Bruyne), John (Stones), a couple of gamers. We know him nicely, from day one to now all the time right here.
“An incredible player for Man City. There are things nobody knows but I know exactly.”
City, but to be topped kings of Europe after dropping final season’s Champions League remaining to English rivals Chelsea, will journey to Spain with a 1-0 lead from the primary leg due to a aim from De Bruyne.
Guardiola revealed defender Ruben Dias had returned to coaching and would journey with the squad.
The Portugal centre-half had been sidelined since early March with a thigh damage.
“Maybe (he will play on Wednesday), I don’t know,” mentioned Guardiola.