‘Made the right choice’, ‘Never leave’ – Man City Fans reacts as Fernandinho reveals how close he was to leaving Etihad


Fernandinho has admitted that he was “quite close” to leaving Manchester City prior to putting pen to paper on a new one-year contract at the club in June.

The Brazilian midfielder was heavily linked with a return to his native land at the end of last season, but ended up signing a one-year contract extension that keeps him at the Etihad Stadium until 2022,

However, the 36-year-old City captain has now admitted that he was close to calling time on his City career and that he had got what he has described as a “proper offer” on the table from a club in the Brazilian top-flight.

“Man, I was quite close to leaving – and that’s the truth,” he said on FourFourTwo.

“There was so much on the table to analyse, I was in deadlock. That made me leave the decision to when last season was finished.

“First, my priority was to have my mind 100 per cent on the team. Then I negotiated with only one team apart from Man City, which was Athletico Paranaense. They made a proper offer to me.

“My wife and I were like, ‘If we go back to Brazil, we will have this; if we stay in England, we will have that.’ When City offered me a new contract, we spent a few days at home weighing up both possibilities.”

“One of the key factors that made us stay is that we are applying for British citizenship,” he explains. “But it’s also a wonderful feeling to captain this club. I take so much pride in it. 

This Fernandinho’s comment  has prompted plenty of reactions. Here is what some Man City fans said in response on the social media platform.

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