Manchester City have confirmed the signing Brazil international Fernandinho from Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk. The 28-year-old was quoted on the club's official website as saying: "My ambition here is to win all the titles, the team here is strong, and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters.'
"Professionally this is a spectacular thing. Playing for a huge club in a huge league makes me so happy. I hope I will be able to repay City for what they have done for me. I know I will face challenges but I am prepared for them. Every player at a high level faces pressure and must respond and I am ready for that too. I know a lot about City. Ever since they expressed an interest in me, I have been learning more," he concluded.
According to Goal.com, the Etihad club paid €40m for the midfielder, who leaves the Donbass Arena with six Ukrainian league titles and the 2009 UEFA Cup to his name. He has signed a four-year contract and joins Spanish winger Jesus Navas as the club's second signing of the summer; the Sevilla player's transfer has yet to be confirmed, pending a medical, but the La Liga club has agreed a €25m fee, according to an earlier Goal.com report.
Fernandinho had a good season with Donetsk, scoring twice from 23 league starts and helping the side to its eighth Premier League title. And Navas joins with a similarly solid season; the Spain international had six assists from 37 league games. Sevilla finished ninth this season but have earned a chance to qualify for next season's UEFA Europa League.
"We've been talking with Manchester City for four months There had been rumours (about Real Madrid), but Manchester City were in from the start and I had decided some time ago. It's a good project and it was the moment to make the step. The Premier League is a competition where the football is very fast. I'm really looking forward to it," Navas said.
Fernandinho and Navas' signings are in stark contrast to City's relative inactivity last summer, when former manager Roberto Mancini accused the club of dragging their heels in the transfer window and losing a competitive edge to rivals and eventual champions Manchester United.