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Fernandinho bids farewell to Manchester City in social media post

Sean Walsh
Fernandinho has left Man City
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Manchester City icon Fernandinho has penned an emotional farewell message to supporters on his final day contracted to the club.

The 37-year-old's deal at the Etihad Stadium expires at midnight and he is returning to Brazil with former club Athletico Paranaense.

With his departure set in stone, Fernandinho took to social media to bid farewell to City fans, bringing the curtain down on a nine-year spell in which he won 13 trophies and captained the club.

"I saw. I saw my family proud. I saw supporters that never forgot where they came from. I saw the beauty of being part of a winning team. I saw titles, superstars, geniuses. I saw an opportunity to fulfil my dream," Fernandinho said.

"And then I realised. I realised the importance of all reading this letter. I realised that I made the right choice, the best choice of my entire life.

"I hope one day when you remember me, you feel the same way that I'm feeling when writing this.

"Athletes, coaches/trainers, laundry staff, kit managers, cleaners, concierge, security team, door staff, advisors, executives, cooks, directors, doctors, masseuses, physiotherapists, sports physiologists, media team, analysts, youth teams, charity teams... Apologies if I missed anyone, but you know who you are.

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"Today is the last day of my contract with Manchester City. I can only say that I gave my very best and I would do it all over again.

"The story continues and after playing for nine years, I will become an avid Cityzen supporter for many more titles and victories. (I am certain that many more will come judging by quality of all your daily work).

"My memories will last forever. Many thanks, your eternal captain, Fernandinho."