Fernandinho shocked Pep Guardiola by revealing his departure Manchester In the summer, as the manager said this was news to him when asked about the midfielder’s departure.
The Brazilian will end a nine-year career with the Premier League champions next month as he desires to return to his homeland and play more regularly. Fernandinho has made just 11 games this season, and four so far this year, and the 36-year-old is unlikely to be in the starting line-up. Champions League The second leg quarter-final match in Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
Asked if he would like to stay for another year at City, Fernandinho said: “I don’t think so. Yes, I want to play more; I will go back to Brazil. I decided with my family, which is the most important thing for me. And some people at the club know that.”
But one of those was not Guardiola. “I didn’t know that,” said the manager. “You gave me the news. We will see what happens at the end of the season. I have said many times that we will see what happens.”
When asked again, Guardiola said: “I said at the end of the season we’ll talk – maybe it’s a family decision, maybe he wants more minutes. I’d like to be with him.”
Guardiola suggested City sporting director Txiki Begiristin might have known but insisted Fernandinho’s revelation of his future in this way is not something hidden.
“Maybe Txiki knew that and didn’t tell me,” Guardiola said. “I don’t know. It’s a surprise to me. I’ll tell him [Txiki]: ‘What happened?’ but i know him [Fernandinho’s] intentions. Another player will do it for his own good. Knowing Verna, it won’t be like that.”
Guardiola can understand his reasons for leaving. “Absolutely. I want my players to be happy and for sure tomorrow we will play for him and give him the best moment of farewell, get to the semi-finals of the Champions League again and try to move forward again.
“I understand that the players want to play, it is completely understandable. Not only because he is 35 or 36 years old. Look what happened with Ferran Torres: he wanted to play and joined Barcelona. I understand that Verna wants to return to Brazil, with his father and mother there. I’m sure the club will help him do what he wants.”
Fernandinho later tweeted: “I was 100% honest and spontaneous in answering that question at today’s press conference. But anyone who knows me also knows that my biggest honesty is with Manchester City and my duties as captain.”
City leads 1-0 against Atlético. “We can be better than the first leg,” Guardiola said. “It will be different due to the fact that we played here [home] And they defended deeply most of the time. It won’t happen this time. There are moments that we have to defend. You have to adapt. After the first leg, I said, “You guys did it really well.” We’ll try to pass.”
Robin Dias will travel as part of the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury that has ruled him out since the start of last month. The center back will not start.
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