In light of recent speculation linking Brazilian midfielder, Fernandinho, with a summer transfer to City the player has been quoted as saying he wants to make the move. Speaking to the Sun he outlined that his chances of being selected for Brazil in the 2014 World Cup would improve if he joined City. He said:
I believe my chances of making the World Cup squad will improve if I join City. There are a lot of people in England with good football knowledge. Those complement my skills and motivate me to want to play in the Premier League.
The midfielder, 28, who currently plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine believes his talents are overlooked by the national team because of the League he plays in and has only made 5 appearances for his country whilst playing for Shakhtar. He said:
My exposure would be better, because Brazil is biased towards the Ukrainian league. What we do here is not recognised in my country. Playing in a division, at a club that is considered among the best in the world would help me get back in the Brazilian national team.
Fernandinho has scored 31 goals in 182 appearances for Shakhtar since 2005. With a busy summer expected at City with many players mooted to leave the club it is players like Fernandinho who could potentially strengthen the team and help place a meaningful challenge on the Premier League title next season. Only time will tell whether the move goes ahead but the players interest in City would certainly help any prospective transfer.