Manchester City star happy to have joined Blues over Red Devils

Manchester City midfielder Fernando was linked with a move Manchester United last season, but is happy to have ended up at the Etihad Stadium instead.

Brazilian midfielder Fernando insists he joined the right Manchester club in the Premier League holders.

The 27-year-old signed for Manchester City in June for a fee believed to be around £12 million, having previously been linked with a move to Manchester United during David Moyes’ reign.

Since making seven total appearances, he made over 200 during seven seasons at Porto, winning four league titles, two Portuguese Cups, two Portuguese Supercups and the Europa League, and now believes he has an excellent chance of adding more silverware to his collection at the Etihad Stadium.

‘I'm happy I'm on this side of Manchester. We are doing very well in the Premier League and I hope we can carry on for a long time doing as well as we have been,’ he told ESPN FC.

‘But we know the quality [Manchester United] have, the new players they have bought and the challenges we will have to face when we play against them.’

 2014-15 Premier League GoalsAssistsKey PassesTotal Passes / appsPass AccTotal TacklesTackle AccInterceptionsAppsMins
Fernando 0 1 3 44.80 91.96% 9 77.78% 6 5 320

Nicknamed “The Octopus” in Portugal, due to this tackling-prowess which one saw him frustrate United in a 2009 Champions League quarter-final, the former under-20 international has started the last two matches for Manuel Pellgrini’s side and is adamant he can secure a regular starting spot in the club’s star-studded squad moving forward.

‘I received that nickname while I was a player at Porto. It was during a game against United,’ he said. ‘I tackled [Wayne] Rooney and [Cristiano] Ronaldo a lot. The fans saw what I was doing and the fans gave me that nickname.

‘When I used to play for Porto, I played in every game, every competition. When I came to City I knew it wouldn't be the same, with so many good players.

‘I know I won't play every single week but I will train as much as I can and hope I will get the call for as many games as I can be.’

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