Man City’s Manuel Pellegrini has winning mentality, say Fernandinho

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho says Manuel Pellegrini has a "winning mentality" after joining the Citizens last month

manuel pellegrini
Manuel Pellegrini took over from Roberto Mancini at City Photo: Universidad Católica de Chile

Fernandinho says new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has a winning mentality and a strong football philosophy.

The Chilean, who was a long-term admirer of the Brazil midfielder, was named as Roberto Mancini’s replacement at the Eastlands outfit last month.

And Pellegrini, who led Real Madrid to second place in La Liga in 2009, has already left an impact on his squad in his short time in charge of the Citizens.

“The players are already getting used to his style on and off the pitch,” Fernandinho told City’s website.

“Pre-season is a good time for this. We can learn his personality.

“I’m enjoying working with him, but I think it will always take more time for the players and the manager to get used to each other fully.

“It seems like he has that real winning mentality and a strong football philosophy that he will make the players understand.”

Fernandinho also admitted he feels honoured to be playing with world-class players at City after swapping Shakhtar Donetsk for the Premier League runners-up.

“It felt like a great honour to play with such big names and fantastic players,” added Fernandinho.

“I don’t feel 100% fit yet but I have two weeks of pre-season now to train, then hopefully I will feel top quality.”

Mikel Arteta
Arsenal told to pay £23m for England and Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale - report
Kieran Trippier speaks at England media conference (Photo: Sky Sports / Screen grab)
'He has his heart set on a move': Reporter claims Kieran Trippier wants Man United switch
Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea FC consider swoop for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic - report
Jurgen Klopp
Journalist: Liverpool FC have been scouting Donyell Malen for many months
Romelu Lukaku
Steve Nicol warns Chelsea FC about move to sign Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku
Mikel Arteta
Arsenal told to pay £23m for England and Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale - report
Kieran Trippier speaks at England media conference (Photo: Sky Sports / Screen grab)
'He has his heart set on a move': Reporter claims Kieran Trippier wants Man United switch
Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea FC consider swoop for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic - report
Jurgen Klopp
Journalist: Liverpool FC have been scouting Donyell Malen for many months
Romelu Lukaku
Steve Nicol warns Chelsea FC about move to sign Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature