The veteran Brazilian midfielder will leave City after nine successful years after Sunday’s final premier league game of the season against Aston Villa.
The 37-year-old has won four Premier League titles, six League Cups and an FA Cup since his £30million arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2013.
Champions League success has eluded him, with second place last year the closest to European glory with City, but he has the chance to sign off with another Premier League winners’ medal.
The champions will retain their crown with a win over Villa at the Etihad Stadium.
Reflecting on his time with City, Fernandinho said: “I think one word I can describe him – proud. From day one the intention was to win trophies and we did that.
“The whole group, the whole team and all the staff have been involved and when I look back I feel really proud. Everything I planned, we did here.
“I couldn’t imagine staying here that long but, from day one, they showed us how to win games and win trophies. I was sure to give 100% to win a lot of trophies.
“After the success, it was normal to extend with another contract, so I stayed for nine years.”
Fernandinho’s early success with City came with Manuel Pellegrini, but he believes his best football came after Pep Guardiola took over as manager.
He said: “When he arrived I was already 30 so I had had good managers in the past, but when I started working with him I just started seeing the football of a different way.
“I understand football much better and he makes you see the game in another vision. It was amazing for me and it definitely helped me raise my level and understanding of football as well.
Fernandinho is set to return to his native country this summer and has been linked with former club Athletico Paranaense.
He will not be forgotten at City, with the club planning to pay permanent tribute to him, as they have done with other former players, at their City Football Academy complex.
He said: “My family and I have always been treated very well here in Manchester. That’s why I spent nine years here. The children were installed at school with friends and my wife was also installed.
“It was really important to keep me calm and do my job on the pitch. Maybe I could come back here to spend more time in Manchester. We’ll see.”
Fernandinho ‘really proud’ of his achievements as he prepares for Man City’s swan song
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