As we announced yesterday, Brazilian star Fernandinho has extended his City stay by another season, much to the delight of the faithful who were eager for him to stay with the blues. Here, we take a look at the career of another City great.
The Brazilian signed for City for £34m from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, becoming new manager Manuel Pellegrini’s first signing. It is rumoured that Ferna had waived a sum of around £4m owed to him by Shakhtar in order for him to leave and join the blues. Since then, he has become one of City’s most valuable players.
His debut came at home to Newcastle, when the blues won 4-0, however he had to wait until December’s visit of Arsenal before claiming his first goals for the club, bagging a brace in a 6-3 victory over the Gunners.
In his first season, Ferna made 33 Premier League appearances, scoring 5 goals, while also making 8 appearances in the Champions League, 5 in the League Cup and 2 in the FA Cup as City won their second league title in three seasons.
The following season, the Brazilian received his first red card when he was sent off during a Champions League home match against CSKA Moscow. Ferna had replaced Jesus Navas at half-time and committed his second bookable offence in the 70th minute.
Ferna scored the opening goal of the League Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley the following season, and after the reds had equalised, the match went o penalties, with Ferna missing his spot kick. However, City still went on to lift the trophy.
He became a valuable asset to the club, with new manager Pep Guardiola saying “if a club had three Fernandinho’s, they would be champions. We have one, but he is fast, he is intelligent, he is strong in the air, he can play several positions. When he sees the space he will run there immediately. When you need to make a correction, you just need one player to challenge, and he is there.”
The 2019/20 season saw Ferna move into a central defensive position, following Vincent Kopmany’s departure and injury to Aymeric Laporte, together with Guardiola’s reluctance to continue playing John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi together at centre-back. Ferna started almost every game in the central defensive role, however City failed to claim a third successive title.
In 2020, Ferna was named club captain following the departure of David Silva, and lifted the League Cup at Wembley as City beat Spurs 1-0. This was followed by lifting the Premier League trophy in City’s final home game of the season in May.
Overall, Ferna has made 245 Premier League appearances for City, scoring 18 and providing 18 assists. In just Premier League competition, he has made 15, 728 passes, an average of 64 per match and has created 27 big chances.
In attack, Ferna has made 230 shots, with 66 on target and a shot accuracy of 29%. He has scored most of his goal with his right foot (14), two with his left and two headed goals.
Defensively, he has made 578 tackles, made 54 blocks and 375 interceptions. Ferna has won 1,414 of his duals, but has also lost 1,259. Crucially, the midfielder has made no errors that have led to opposition goals.
Ferna has had a slight issue with discipline, receiving four red cards and 52 yellows in his time at City, while also committing 345 fouls in the process.