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Fernandinho has sealed his return to former club Athletico Paranaense after his release from Manchester City.
Brazilian Fernandinho, 37, left City this summer as his contract expired and expressed a desire to return to his home country. Not only is he back in Brazil, but he has secured a move to his first club Athletico Paranaense, where he made 72 appearances between 2002-05 before sealing a move to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Fernandinho left City as the club’s most decorated player, and said it was a dream to wear the Paranaense shirt again, 17 years after he left. He will wear the number five shirt and has signed a two-year contract.
“Without a doubt, I am fulfilling a personal wish, a dream to wear the Athletico shirt again,” he said at a press conference on Monday, confirming he intends to retire after his new deal expires.