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06-06-2013, 11:34 PM #1
[Football] Manchester City confirm signing of Fernandinho
Manchester City have announced the arrival of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk on a four-year contract.
The 28-year-old has been a long-term target for City and, despite not having a manager in place, the club have completed a deal reportedly worth in the region of 29 million pounds.
Fernandinho spent eight seasons in Donetsk, winning the league seven times, the UEFA Cup once, and featuring in the UEFA Champions League on a regular basis.
But the Brazilian, who has five caps for his country, says he is now looking forward to a new experience, and described moving to England as a "dream".
"This is a change, a challenge and a chance that I have been waiting a long time for. Playing in the Premier League for City is like a dream," he told the club's official website.
"My ambition here is to win all the titles, the team here is strong, and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters. Professionally this is a spectacular thing. Playing for a huge club in a huge league makes me so happy. I hope I will be able to repay City for what they have done for me.
"I know I will face challenges but I am prepared for them. Every player at a high level faces pressure and must respond and I am ready for that too. I know a lot about City. Ever since they expressed an interest in me, I have been learning more."