Fernandinho, the Manchester City midfielder, has announced that he will quit the club at the end of the season, putting an end to his trophy-laden nine-year stay.
The 36-year-old, who was chosen Premier League leaders’ club captain in September, has battled for game time this season.
And, appearing at a pre-match news conference this afternoon, he stated his decision to leave the Etihad, with a transfer to Brazil in mind.
When asked whether he planned to extend his contract, he answered, ‘I don’t believe so.’
Fernandinho’s contract expires in three months after he agreed to new terms for another season last year. He has only appeared 13 times in the Premier League this season.
However, in his five appearances, he has worn the captain’s armband and will continue to be a vital leadership figure for Pep Guardiola as City compete for numerous championships.
Fernandinho has won four Premier League trophies, an FA Cup, and six League Cups in over 250 games.
In recent months, he has been connected to a return to his country, and he has expressed a wish for more minutes following conversations with his family.
‘Yes. Yes, I want to play,’ the veteran said when asked whether he would leave City to play more often.
Guardiola, on the other hand, seemed astonished by the news and claimed he had not been informed before to Fernandinho’s press conference.
‘Oh? ‘I had no idea,’ he admitted.
Despite the fact that the player seems to have made his decision, Guardiola has said that he intends to meet with him at the conclusion of the season and has described him as ‘amazing.’
‘We’ll chat at the end of the season,’ he said. I’m not sure whether it’s a family choice. This is a circumstance where we are nearing the conclusion of the season.
‘I’ve remarked many times this season that I admire the sorts of individuals that act for the benefit of those behind the scenes.’ He doesn’t need it (credit).
‘I know what he’s done behind my back.
‘When I came, he was alongside Raheem [Sterling], Kevin [De Bruyne], Gundo [Ilkay Gundogan] and, I believe, John [Stones] and a few other guys.’
‘He’s been a fantastic football player for Man City.’ Nobody knows about such things, but I know precisely what he does.’
Fernandinho has subsequently said that his priority is his present club and his duty as captain, and that he would consider his future only at the conclusion of the season.
‘At today’s press conference, I was 100 percent honest and spontaneous in answering that question,’ he tweeted.
‘However, everybody who knows me understands that my greatest honesty is with Man City and my responsibilities as team captain.’
‘My concentration is 100 percent on winning all of the trophies we’re fighting for, and I’ll only speak about my future at the conclusion of the season,’ he said. ‘Let’s keep going!’