New Manchester City signing Fernando: It is an 'honour' to play alongside Yaya Toure at the Etihad Stadium
The former Porto midfielder revealed it is a 'dream' to have joined the Premier League champions
Thursday 10 July 2014
New Manchester City signing Fernando hopes to establish himself as one of the club's greats - and would love the chance to play alongside Yaya Toure.
The Brazilian joined the Premier League champions from Porto for £12 million last month, increasing a pool of midfield players that includes the influential Toure, compatriot Fernandinho and Javi Garcia.
Toure's future at the Etihad Stadium has been the subject of much speculation over the summer but 26-year-old Fernando is keen to play alongside the dynamic Ivorian.
"City are known all over the world, football players are aware of Manchester City," Fernando told the club's website.
"It is a dream to be here and to be part of this great club. I also hope to become one of the club's great players.
"We know they are players with a lot of qualities - it won't be easy to get into that midfield, but with a lot of work, and I know how to give myself to work, every day I will give my best in order to have a chance to make a contribution to the team.
"The player I admire the most and I watch many of his games is Yaya Toure, he is a great player and it will be an honour to play alongside him."
Fernando is looking forward to playing alongside Yaya Touré
Fernando was previously linked with City in January but a deal failed to materialise before the transfer deadline.
Even this summer, Fernando concedes the deal was far from straightforward.
He said: "It was a very difficult transfer, we had to face a lot of challenges in order to be here today but, thanks to God, everything went well and I am here to help Manchester City in the best way possible."
Asked what convinced him City was the right move, he added: "The club itself.
"Also it is a very strong league, it is one of the best in the world; the players in this club are the best players in the world.
"So, all good reasons to be part of it and so I am here now."
Fernando, who will wear the number six shirt at City, feels he made his mark at Porto and hopes to continue in much the same vein at City.
He said: "I left a good legacy at Porto. I hope I can repeat that at City, winning titles, playing regularly.
"That's what everyone can expect from me, willpower and dedication, always with the eyes on trophies, that's what City and I want."
Fernando earned the nickname of 'Octopus' at Porto, because he seemed to be everywhere and have a lot of legs, but another one, likening him to American president Barack Obama has also emerged lately.
He said: "The nickname is a bit complicated. I saw the photo and we have some resemblances, but it's better to call me Fernando!"
Olympic diver has made his modelling debut for Adidas
It scooped up an unprecedented 11 Academy Awards when it was first remade in 1959
Latest in Sport
Manchester United official team photo: Antonio Valencia and Anderson pull the funniest faces
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt, including Danny Welbeck must be more clinical and Hector Bellerin debut
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal player ratings: How did Ozil and Welbeck do in Germany?
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Liverpool 2 Ludogorets 1 player ratings
- 1 iPhone 6 review: bigger, thinner, faster, brighter - Apple proves you can make the best better
- 2 Sports Direct security guard allegedly banned Jewish schoolboys and told them: 'No Jews, no Jews'
- 3 Pakistani passenger power forces two politicians off plane
- 4 Say yes to 'no-poo': It's been three years since I stopped washing my hair
- 5 John Travolta addresses former pilot's gay romance allegations publicly for the first time: 'That was the lowest I'd ever felt'
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'