Pep Guardiola stunned as Fernandinho announces Man City exit ahead of Atletico showdown

Pep Guardiola stated Manchester City will “play for Fernandinho” in opposition to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after the midfielder brought about a shock in his prematch information convention by asserting his resolution to go away the membership.

Fernandinho, 36, informed reporters on Tuesday he won’t be extending his contract on the Etihad Stadium and plans to go away the membership and return to Brazil in the summertime. Requested moments later in regards to the revelation, Guardiola stated he had no thought about his captain’s resolution however stated the group shall be doing every little thing in Madrid to take one other step in the direction of the Champions League ultimate in Paris in Might and provides Fernandinho a becoming send-off.

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“Oh,” Guardiola stated after being informed about Fernandinho’s resolution. “I didn’t know it. You gave me the news. I didn’t know it.

“He is so necessary for me, however I’ll discuss to him. Possibly [director of football] Txiki [Begiristain] is aware of it and did not inform me. It is a shock for me — I did not understand it.

“We are going to play tomorrow for him. We are going to try to play tomorrow for him and give him the best farewell moment, reaching again the semifinals of the Champions League then after try to go through again.”

Talking earlier at a information convention on the City Soccer Academy, Fernandinho was requested about his future after almost 10 years in Manchester. He has been restricted to 23 appearances in all competitions this season and requested whether or not he want to signal a brand new deal on the Etihad, replied: “I don’t think so. I want to play. I will go back to Brazil. I decided with my family, which is the most important thing for me.”

Afterward Tuesday, Fernandinho tweeted: “I was 100% honest and spontaneous in answering that question at today’s press conference. But anyone who knows me also knows that my greatest honesty is with Man City and my duties as team captain.”

City take a 1-0 result in the Spanish capital after Kevin De Bruyne‘s purpose within the first leg in Manchester final week. Ruben Dias will journey after returning to coaching after a hamstring harm however won’t be match sufficient to begin.

“He travels with us, and the rest of them are fit,” Guardiola stated. “From the beginning tomorrow, no, because he’s had one training session after six weeks out. It’s a bit premature, but the fact he has come back is incredible.”

Atletico had been criticised for being too defensive on the Etihad, however Guardiola is anticipating a unique sport plan from Diego Simeone on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Wednesday together with his group needing to attain at the very least twice to undergo.

“We have the intention to win the game,” Guardiola added. “I think it will be slightly different from the first leg because they play at home and at home they create momentums, real ones.

“There shall be moments when they’re so aggressive increased and create issues. Now we have to adapt and defend in these moments.”

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