Manchester City midfielder and captain Fernandinho has announced he will depart the reigning Premier League champions upon the completion of the 2021/2022 season.
The 36 year-old Brazilian made this known during a press conference ahead of the City’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg clash away at Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid, as he wishes to return to his native country in a bid to play more regular football.
In his words, the Brazilian who turns 37 next month revealed: “I want to play, I will go back to Brazil. I decided with my family, which is the most important thing for me. It is the same as last season. I’m not playing much but I take care of other players and try to help wherever I can — on or off the pitch.”
He added: “After nine years and maybe after the 2018/2019 season when I changed my position maybe could be one of the reasons. It was hard for me to recover. With age, it is hard for me but I put myself in a position to try to help the team as I have always done.”
During Fernandinho’s time at the Etihad, the defensive midfielder won four Premier League titles, six League Cups and one English FA Cup. He was also instrumental in the club’s run to the UEFA Champions League Final last year where they lost 1-0 to fellow Premier League campaigners Chelsea.
Fernandinho is also City’s longest-serving player, having played 373 matches in his time at Manchester.