Brazil star now wants to feature in next year’s World Cup in his homeland.
New Manchester City midfield player Fernandinho has confirmed that he gave up £4 million that his former club Shakhtar Dontesk owed him in order to push through his £30m transfer to Eastlands, reports the Daily Mail.
The skilful Brazil international had been with the Ukrainian champions for the past eight seasons, having originally signed for Shakhtar from Brazilian outfit Atletico Paranaense for just £7m in 2005.
And in the intervening eight-year period, the 28-year-old has proved himself to be one of the most sought-after and technically accomplished attacking midfield players on the Continent, having featured in 284 matches for the club in that time, scoring 53 goals, including 31 strikes in 184 league contests.
However, the player’s dream move to the Premier League had been threatened by his club’s insistence that mega-rich City meet the full value of Fernandinho’s £42.5m release clause in his contract.
And then finally the two parties reached an agreement whereby Fernandinho himself would waive his right to a £4m payoff that he was owed by Shakhtar in order to seal the switch, which went through for £30m instead of £34m.
“Playing for a huge club in a huge league makes me so happy. I hope to repay City for what they have done for me,” said Fernandinho.
“My ambition here is to win all the titles, the team here is strong, and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters. Professionally this is a spectacular thing.
“I know I will face challenges but I am prepared for them. Every player at a high level faces pressure and must respond and I am ready for that too. I know a lot about City. Ever since they expressed an interest in me, I have been learning more.”