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Fernandinho: Tottenham & Chelsea Wanted Me

City new boy reveals he had interest from elsewhere.

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has said that he had other offers for his services this summer in the shape of Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, Sky Sports reports.

The Brazilian international joined City from Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk this summer for a fee of £30 million and has already set his sights on helping the side regain the title from neighbours Manchester United.

And the 28-year-old revealed that he will do so after turning down the advances of the two London sides.

“I think City are on the way to a similar level to Manchester United. We saw that in the summer when we went on tour – we had loads of supporters. It’s going to be a huge club,” he said.

“I know there were negotiations between Shakhtar and Chelsea. I don’t know the details of those talks because I had already started speaking with City.

“Shakhtar made it clear that I?was?coming?to Manchester. They told me that they had refused an offer.

“There was also a stage?a year?ago when?I spoke?to people from Tottenham but nothing?came of that.”

He later went on to rubbish reports that he only made the move to Manchester for personal financial gain, insisting that Manuel Pellegrini’s philosophy is what attracted him to the Northwest.

“If I only wanted money and a comfortable life, I would have stayed in Ukraine. I was in Donetsk for eight years. I was happy there. I won six titles. I knew everyone and I was a big part of the club.

“But I was presented with the challenge of coming to Manchester City and I am aware that over the last few years this is a project which has grown a lot.

“The owners and the people who are managing the team want to win titles and big trophies – and I wanted to be part of that. I came here to win. Of course, I will be paid as a professional footballer but the only thing I’m greedy for is success.

“In my country we say that football is like a huge plate of food. Well, I want to eat everything because I want to win every trophy I can for City.”


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