Manchester City star pays tribute to father figure Pellegrini

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is hoping to bring home the Premier League title before 'father figure' Manuel Pellegrini departs.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini may be on his way out of the Etihad Stadium this summer, but he'll go knowing he had a positive impact on at least one of his players.

The Chilean has come under fire in recent weeks, having guided his team to back-to-back defeats against title rivals Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur, but could sign off with as many as four trophies before Pep Guardioa arrives from Bayern Munich.

And Fernandinho, who was Pellegrini's first signing for City, hopes to bring home the second Premier League title of the 64-year-old's reign, after describing him as "like a father".

"The first season we won two titles together," Fernandinho told BBC's Football Focus. "I learnt a lot of things with him so he was like a father for me.

"He introduced me into the team and to play alongside a lot of good players.

"I think he did a great job and we've got a great chance to finish with a gold key. We have a chance to win the title again and I hope we can do that."

Despite the arrivals of Fernando and Fabian Delph over the past two summers, Fernandinho has remained a mainstay in Pellegini's team, making 122 appearances and scoring 12 goals.

The Brazilian, who turns 31 in May, is under contract until June 2017 in Manchester, though Sky Sports reported in November that he would be offered an extension.

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