Fernandinho confirms he will leave Manchester City |  Pep Guardiola: I didn't know |  Football news

Fernandinho confirms he will leave Manchester City | Pep Guardiola: I didn’t know | Football news

Manchester City captain Fernandinho shocked his manager Pep Guardiola by revealing he has no intention of signing a new contract to keep him at the club after this season.

The 36-year-old is out of contract in the summer and speaks to the press ahead of Man City’s second leg duel in the Champions League quarter-final with Atlético Madrid, the Brazilian, who has played more than 370 games for City across all competitions, revealed he is unlikely to extend his stay to a 10th season with the Premier League champions.

When asked if he would like to leave the Etihad Stadium to play more, he said: “Yes, I want to play. I want to play regularly.

“I’m going back to Brazil. I’ve decided with my family what’s most important to me.”

The former Brazil international, who signed a one-year contract extension last June, has won four Premier League titles and six League Cups since moving from City to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.

Fernandinho later released a statement on Twitter saying he had provided an “honest and candid” response about his future and was fully committed to City’s bid for the treble.

He said: “I was 100 percent honest and candid in answering that question at today’s press conference.

“But anyone who knows me also knows that my greatest honesty is with Manchester City and with my duties as captain.

“My focus is 100 percent on winning all the titles we play for and I won’t talk about my future until the end of the season. Let’s keep pushing!”

Pep on Fernandinho announcement: ‘I didn’t know’

Fernandinho’s last start for Man City came in March in the Champions League against Sporting

Fernandinho’s possible exit was news for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who was in the media shortly after his captaincy.

When asked about Fernandinho’s possible departure, Guardiola said: “Oh! I didn’t know.

“You give me the news. I did not hear it.

“We’ll see what happens. I don’t know what will happen. He’s so important. I’ll ask him.”

The City boss added: “At the end of the season we’ll talk, maybe it’s because of his family. I’d love it. We’ll talk.”

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Manchester City captain Fernandinho has said this season will be his last at the club when asked if he would extend his contract.

Pep: ‘Incredible’ Fernandinho still plays key role

Man City captain Fernandinho lifted the PL trophy.
Man City captain Fernandinho lifted the PL trophy.

Fernandinho made his final start for City in the Champions League game at home to Sporting in early March, but Guardiola said his captain, who he described as an incredible player for Manchester City, continued to play a key role in the Premier League champions’ role.

Guardiola said: “The role he is playing this season, I like the people who behave behind the scenes.

“I know what he has done behind me, he treats many of our players and stars to the benefit of the team.

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Jamie Redknapp analyzed Fernandinho’s performance against Norwich and praised him as the best defensive midfielder in Premier League history.

“I praise him and he was here when I arrived. Raheem (Sterling), Kevin (De Bruyne), John (Stones), a few players.

“We know him well, always here from day one until now.

“An incredible player for Man City. There are things that nobody knows, but I know exactly.”

Dias back in training | Pep: Everyone will be important

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Ruben Dias continues his comeback from injury as he trained with the rest of the Manchester City squad for their Champions League clash with Atlético Madrid.

Heading into the second game of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, Man City have a slim 1-0 lead over Atletico Madrid thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s goal at the Etihad Stadium as they tried to stay on course for the treble.

Guardiola revealed that defender Ruben Dias had returned to training and will travel with the squad, and he has no new injuries or suspension issues.

The central defender of Portugal has been sidelined since the beginning of March due to a thigh injury.

Guardiola said: “He (Dias) is traveling with us and the rest, they are all fit.”

“Maybe (he will play on Wednesday), I don’t know. He’s taking one training session and six weeks off… The fact that he’s back is incredible and we have a big program until the end of the season.

“Everyone will be important.”

Manchester City’s schedule:

To rearrange: wolves (a) Eredivisie

13th of April – Atletico Madrid (a) Champions League QF second leg

April 16 – Liverpool (Wembley) FA Cup semi-finals

20th of April – Brighton (h) Eredivisielive on Sky Sports

April 23 – Watford (h) Eredivisie

April 26/27 – Chelsea/Real Madrid Champions League SF first leg *

30th of April – lead (a) Eredivisielive on Sky Sports

May 3/4 – Chelsea/Real Madrid Champions League SF second leg *

May 8th – Newcastle (h) Premier League live on Sky Sports

May 14 – FA Cup final *

15 May – West Ham (a) Premier League live on Sky Sports

May 22nd – Aston Villa (h) Eredivisie

the 28th of May – Champions League final *

* Subject to progress

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