Manchester City have confirmed the capture of Fernando from Porto. The defensive-minded midfielder joins for a reported £12m and will wear the number six jersey at the Etihad next season.

City’s hopes of signing Fernando were dashed back in January, but Manuel Pellegrini has moved quickly to bring the 26-year-old to the club ahead of next season.

Fernando explained that his desire to help City retain their Premier League crown was a big factor behind him making the move from Portugal.

Speaking to club’s official website, the Brazilian said: “I am so happy to finally be joining Manchester City.

“I know there was talk of me possibly signing last January so I am delighted that the deal has now been done and that I am a City player.

“I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and helping City to defend the title. It is a very exciting time to be part of this football club and I cannot wait to play in the Premier League.

“City fans can be assured I will give my all every time I play and I’m looking forward to many happy years in Manchester.

“I have enjoyed my stay with Porto and I thank the club and the fans for their support during my time in Portugal. Now I am ready for a new chapter in my career.”

Fernando, who is currently on holiday in his homeland, becomes City’s second major singing of the summer following the deal to bring Bacary Sagna to the club.

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