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Manchester City: Fabrizio Romano drops Fernandinho summer claim

Manchester City have a number of players in their current squad that have racked up over 200 appearances in the Premier League.

One of which is midfielder Fernandinho, who has been a pivotal figure for the Citizens for a significant period of time.

However, with the next summer transfer window on the horizon, a big behind the scenes update has emerged over the Brazilian’s future.

What’s the news?

According to journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, the midfielder “hasn’t changed his mind and he’ll leave Manchester City in the summer.”

Romano then added that the 37-year-old’s priority is to go back to Brazil even though Pep Guardiola wanted Fernandinho to stay at the club.

The journalist ended his tweet by saying that: “Man City will go [for] a new midfielder this summer.”

Bad news for Guardiola

City signed the midfielder back in the 2013 summer transfer window from Ukraine club Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal worth a reported fee of £30m.

Since then, the Brazil international has gone on to make 380 appearances across all competitions for the Manchester club.

In those appearances, he’s chipped in with 26 goals and 33 assists along the way, winning numerous domestic trophies along the way.

Is Fernandinho a Manchester City club legend?

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Taking into account how Guardiola reportedly wanted his midfield veteran to stick around and put pen to paper on a new deal with the club, it’ll be a big blow for him to see Fernandinho leave in the summer.

Also, given how long he’s been at the club and what he’s done for them on the pitch, it’ll surely be sad for the City fans to see another one of their long-term icons leave after the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure left in recent years as well.

However, with three games left to play in the Premier League this season, it seems likely that the Brazilian will be heavily involved in those fixtures after Guardiola revealed that the defensive trio of Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker will miss the remainder of the campaign through injury.

With that in mind and the fact that Fernandinho played throughout the second half of City’s recent 5-0 win over Newcastle United at centre-back after Dias went off, he will at least have the chance to help his side potentially win his final Premier League title.

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Article title: Manchester City: Fabrizio Romano drops Fernandinho summer claim

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