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Fernandinho could make ‘high-level’ return to Manchester City

Fernandinho could make ‘high-level’ return to Manchester City

Former Manchester City captain Fernandinho could make a surprise return to the Etihad Stadium.

The 39-year-old left the Etihad Stadium in 2022 but continued his playing career in Brazil with Club Athletico Paranaense, where the midfielder has made 25 appearances across three competitions so far this year.

Fernandinho was directly involved in 11 goals for the Brazilian side, who are currently five points adrift of the top of the Serie A table and two points behind Manchester City’s sister club Esporte Club Bahia.

The midfielder returns to South America after a nine-year spell in east Manchester, where Fernandinho made over 380 appearances and won 13 trophies, including five Premier League titles.

The Brazilian captained the Sky Blues to title success under Guardiola, with the midfielder making 244 appearances for Manchester City under the Catalan boss.

Fernandinho made his Manchester City debut against Newcastle United in 2013 and concluded his City career with a dramatic Premier League title triumph against Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium in May 2022.

Only 16 players have made more appearances for Manchester City, with the 39-year-old having parted with around £4million to secure a move to the Premier League from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The midfielder is continuing his playing career in Brazil but could consider returning to England and Manchester City in the future, with Etihad chiefs having already handed ambassadorial roles to a number of former players.

According to Manchester City insider ‘Tolmie’s Hairdoo’ on X, the midfielder has not ruled out returning to Manchester City in a ‘high-level role’ in the future, despite ‘loving’ life back home in Brazil.

Former Manchester City players have continued their footballing careers after retirement, with Vincent Kompany appointed Bayern Munich manager this summer, five years after leaving the Etihad Stadium to take up management.

The Belgian previously managed RSC Anderlecht and Burnley before taking over from Thomas Tuchel at the Allianz Arena.