Premier League: Manchester City's Pep Guardiola shocked by Fernandinho's exit announcement
Fernandinho has revealed that he will leave Manchester City at the end of the season.
Manager Pep Guardiola said that he was not informed of the decision
Fernandinho had only 11 starts this season
Manchester City’s Fernandinho has revealed that he will leave the champions at the end of the season. The Brazilian will end a nine-year career in May because he wishes to return to his homeland and play more regularly. When asked if he would sign a new deal and extend his stay, he 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 in the club know it.”
However, Pep Guardiola was unaware of the decision. “I didn’t know it,” he said. “You gave me the news. We will see what will happen at the end of the season. I said many times we will see what happens.”
Pep hinted at Txiki Begiristain, City’s sporting director privy to the news and insisted that the player has no ulterior motives announcing the decision the way he did. “Maybe Txiki knows it and didn’t tell me,” Guardiola said. “I don’t know. It is a surprise for me; I will say to him [Txiki]: ‘What happened?’ But I know his [Fernandinho’s] intentions. Another player would do it for his benefit. Knowing Ferna, it will not be this.”
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 greatest honesty is with Man City and my duties as team captain.”
The City player has seen his appearances reduce to only 11 starts this season, four of which came this year. He is unlikely to make the starting XI for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.