Pellegrini may not be too impressed with Fernandinho.
It’s an unwritten rule in football that managers of top clubs keep their starting XI secret up until the last moment, yet new Manchester City player Fernandinho has ruined that illusion.
With City due to begin their Premier League campaign against Newcastle United and new manager Manuel Pellegrini taking charge for the first time, tension is high.
Yet the Brazilian has caused Pellegrini unnecessary problems by taking to the midfielder’s Twitter account to announce the 28-year-old is playing against the Magpies.
today will be my debut in the premier league. God bless us tonight.
— Fernandinho (@fernaoficial) August 19, 2013
The Chilean boss has given a calm and collected front since arriving at Eastlands, but this outburst from Fernandinho may push the former Malaga and Real Madrid coach’s buttons.
The Brazil international is the most expensive signing from a quartet of new players that have arrived at City this summer, alongside Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic.
Pellegrini has the difficult task of winning five trophies in five years at the Etihad Stadium, but with arguably the strongest squad in the division, the 59-year-old has a slightly easier job than most.
Fernandinho is likely to be a key player for the club this season, with the ex-Shakhtar Donetsk man providing the defensive cover in the middle of the park to allow the creative players more freedom.
It may be suggested to the South American that in the future he keeps team line-ups to himself until it’s been officially announced however.