Fernandinho returns to his old team, Athletico Paranaense

After leaving Manchester City at the end of the season, Fernandinho has finished his move back to his old team, Athletico Paranaense.

The Brazilian midfielder, who is 37 years old, spent nine years at the Etihad Stadium after moving there for £30 million from Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine in June 2013.

During his time at City, Fernandinho played more than 380 games and won a dozen major awards, including five Premier League titles.

Before he left City, he said that he wanted to go back to Brazil. On Monday, he was announced as a player for Athletico Paranaense, which is a club in Curitiba where he started his career.

“Without a doubt, wearing the Athletico shirt again is a dream come true,” Fernandinho said at a press conference.

“Build a name for myself so that I only play for three clubs at the end of my career: two in Europe and one in Brazil.”

“I’m very happy, and I want to thank my family for always being behind me in this choice.

“At that moment, not only did my heart speak louder but so did everyone else’s.

“Many different clubs from Brazil and other places sent us proposals.

“But the smartest thing to do was to go back home and do my best here at Athletico.”

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