Former Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has signed for Brazilian Serie A side Athletico Paranaense as the 37-year-old returns to the club where he started his senior career.
“Welcome Fernandinho,” Athletico wrote on Twitter on Monday after the player signed a two-year contract, according to local media, to return to the club after 17 years.
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“We had many proposals, many different clubs, from Brazil and abroad. But the wisest decision was to go home and try to do my best here at Athletico,” the player said. 37-year-old to reporters at a press conference.
—Athletico Paranaense (@AthleticoPR) June 27, 2022
“I fulfill a personal desire, a dream to wear the Athletico shirt again. To put a mark that I will end my career playing for only three clubs: two in Europe and one in Brazil.”
Fernandinho, who has helped City win four Premier League titles – including the 2021-22 crown – and six League Cups since joining them from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, said in April he did not plan not to stay beyond the season.
City confirmed the former Brazil international’s departure in May as he prepared for his final game for them when they faced Aston Villa in their final league game of the season.