Premier League - Manchester City confirm Fernando capture

Manchester City have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Fernando from Porto for a fee of £12 million.

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Premier League - Manchester City confirm Fernando capture
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Napoli's Slovakian midfielder Marek Hamsik (R) vies with Porto's Brazilian midfielder Fernando Reges

Porto announced to the Portuguese stock exchange on Wednesday that the deal had been agreed and now confirmation has come via City themselves.

Fernando, 26, will wear the No. 6 shirt at City next season and could form a formidable midfield triumvirate with Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.

The midfielder, who won four league titles, two Portuguese cups and the Europa League with Porto, told City's official website: "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 team-mates 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 signed for Porto from Vila Nova in 2007 and has represented Brazil at youth level. He won the treble under Andre Villas-Boas in 2011, anchoring the midfield.

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