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Fernandinho returns to Brazil with Athletico Paranaense

Mon 27 June 2022 | 21:01

Former Manchester City captain has joined Athletico Paranense on a two-year deal.

Fernandinho

who played for

Athletico Paranense

from 2002-05 will return to his home country after over a decade in Europe. He appeared 72 times for the club and scored 14 goals before joining Shakhtar.

"We had numerous proposals, from several different clubs, from Brazil and abroad,"

the midfielder said at his unveiling.

"But the most sensible decision was to return home and try to give my best here at Athletico now."

"Without a doubt, I am fulfilling a personal wish, a dream to wear the Athletico shirt again," he said on Monday.

"Establish a brand that will end my career playing for just three clubs: two in Europe and one in Brazil.

"I'm very happy, I thank my family, which has always supported me in this decision. Not only my heart, but all of us ended up speaking louder at that moment. We had numerous proposals, from several different clubs, from Brazil and abroad. But the most sensible decision was to return home and try to deliver my best here at Athletico now."

Fernandinho joined City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013. He played in 338 matches for City and won five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and six League Cups. The 37-year-old Fernandinho left City on a free transfer after nine years as the club's most decorated player.

Manchester City

wants to sign Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips as a replacement for the outgoing midfielder.


source: SportMob

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