Fernandinho wants City move to help his World Cup hopes.
Manchester City’s new Brazilian signing Fernandinho hopes his £30m move to the Premier League can help him get back in the Brazil squad, reports Manchester Evening News.
“In the Ukraine as well as in Brazil, Manchester City are considered one of the best clubs in the world,” the attacking midfielder, who scored 53 goals in 284 games for former club Shakhtar, said in his first press conference.
“My first aim is to play well for Manchester City. I am sure if I play well, that will help get the attention of the national team’s manager. But my first aim is to play well here.”
The 28-year-old surprisingly has won only five caps for Brazil, and hasn’t made an appearance for the Confederations Cup winners since February 2012.
This is very little for a player in the latter stages of a career, especially considering a top side has been prepared to pay £30m for him. However, his lack of caps may be, in part, because of the unglamorous Ukrainian league the midfield dynamo has been playing in since 2005.
The Brazilian is a dynamic midfielder, capable of solid attacking and defensive work; but his slight frame may mean Pellegrini is forced to field him further forward in the physical Premier League. Man City fans will be excited about the prospect of Sergio Aguero running onto his intricate through balls.
Fernandinho joins Jesus Navas as Pellegrini’s only current summer signings, but both are expected to play prominent first team roles next season.
Here’s how the Sky Blues could line up with both men in the starting line up: