Man City’s Fernandinho reveals Chelsea and Tottenham interest
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho reveals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were interested in signing him this summer
Fernandinho has revealed Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur previously made attempts to sign the Brazilian before the midfielder joined Manchester City.
The Brazil international completed a £30m move from Shakhtar Donetsk in June ahead of the appointment of new manager Manuel Pellegrini at last season’s Premier League runners-up.
But Fernandinho claimed Chelsea had made an offer to lure the 27-year-old to Stamford Bridge, while Spurs expressed an interest in the South American last summer.
“I think City are on the way to a similar level to Manchester United. We saw that in the summer when we went on tour – we had loads of supporters. It’s going to be a huge club.
“I know there were negotiations between Shakhtar and Chelsea. I don’t know the details of those talks because I had already started speaking with City,” said Fernandinho.
“Shakhtar made it clear that I was coming to Manchester. They told me that they had refused an offer.
“There was also a stage a year ago when I spoke to people from Tottenham but nothing came of that.”
Fernandinho added he moved to the Citizens to win big titles – and not a big pay day – after winning six Ukrainian top-flight titles during his spell with Shakhtar.
“If I only wanted money and a comfortable life, I would have stayed in Ukraine. I was in Donetsk for eight years. I was happy there. I won six titles. I knew everyone and I was a big part of the club,” he added.
“But I was presented with the challenge of coming to Manchester City and I am aware that over the last few years this is a project which has grown a lot.
“The owners and the people who are managing the team want to win titles and big trophies – and I wanted to be part of that. I came here to win. Of course, I will be paid as a professional footballer but the only thing I’m greedy for is success.”