Fernandinho pens farewell letter to Manchester City fans after joining new club

Fernandinho Manchester City
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Departing captain Fernandinho has written a farewell message to everyone associated with Manchester City on the final day of his contract.

Fernandinho’s Manchester City contract expires on June 30th.

The midfielder will rejoin former club Athletico Paranaense on a two-year deal and plans to hang up his boots for good once his contract expires.

Fernandinho wrote: “I saw. I saw my family proud. I saw supporters that never forgot where they came from. I saw the beauty of being part of a winning team. I saw titles, superstars and geniuses. I saw an opportunity to fulfil my dream.

“And then I realised. I realised the importance of all reading this letter. I realised that I made the right choice, the best choice of my entire life.

“I hope one day when you remember me, you feel the same way that I’m feeling when I’m writing this.”

He added: “Athletes, coaches/trainers, laundry staff, kit managers, cleaners, concierge, security team, door staff, advisors, executives, cooks, directors, doctors, masseuses, physiotherapists, sports psychologists, media team, analysts, youth teams, charity teams…

“Apologies if I missed anyone, but you know who you are. Today is the last day of my contract with Manchester City.

“I can only say that I gave my very best and I would do it all over again. The story continues and after playing for nine years, I will become an avid Cityzen supporter for many more titles and victories.

“I am certain that many more will come judging by the quality of all your daily work.”

Fernandinho signed off: “My memories will last forever. Many thanks, your eternal captain.”

Fernandinho joined Manchester City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 and spent nearly a decade with the Premier League club.

He made a total of 383 appearances for City, featuring at least 33 times in every season he spent at the Etihad Stadium.

During his time at Manchester City, Fernandinho won five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and six League Cups while earning PFA Team of the Year honors in 2018-19.