Fernandinho, The Former Man City Captain, Had Rejoined Brazilian Side Athletico Paranaense.

Fernandinho Luiz Roza has returned to Athletico Paranaense, his first club, 17 years after he left the Brazilian side for Manchester City.

He left Manchester City last season after 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.

Fernandinholeft City as the club's most decorated player, spending nine years and winning five Premier League titles at the Etihad Stadium.

Athletico Paranaense, the team he played for from 2002 to 2005, has signed the former City captain, who made 383 appearances for the club.
He will wear the number five shirt and has signed a two-year contract.

A large number of offers came in from both domestic and international clubs, Fernandinho stated at his official introduction on Monday.

"However, the most prudent decision was to come home and concentrate on my work at Athletico at this time."

Luis Felipe Scolari, a former Chelsea and World Cup-winning Brazil manager, has taken over as manager of Athletico Paranaense.

In 2005, Fernandinho made his first trip to Europe with Shakhtar Donetsk after leaving the Brazilian national team.

For the next eight years, he won six Ukrainian championships before going on to win the European Cup in 2009.

In his first season with City, the midfielder won his first of five Premier League titles.

While he won the EFL Cup a total of six times and the FA Cup once, he could only manage a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in the final of the Champions League in 2021.

Pep Guardiola favoured the younger Rodri over the defensive midfielder last season, starting just 17 games in all competitions for the Spaniard.

Fernandinho, who has been capped 53 times by Brazil, won the 2019 Copa America with the Selecao in his home country.

He returns to Brazil with unfinished business after making 72 appearances and scoring 14 goals.

While Palmeiras remain top of the standings, Athletico are currently languishing in third place, five points below them.

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