Fernandinho sends message to €70m Manchester City signing

Manchester City star Fernandinho has vowed to do everything he can to help summer signing Rodri settle into life at the club after joining from Atletico Madrid.

The Brazil international has been a mainstay at Etihad since Pep Guardiola ‘s appointment three years ago. But at 34-years-old, he is approaching the twilight of his career, meaning the Premier League champions prioritised signing a long-term successor over the summer.

Rodri was the man identified as the perfect candidate to fill Fernandinho’s role when he eventually leaves, and Manchester City paid a club-record fee to sign him from Atletico Madrid.

Despite the competition for places in the engine room after the Spain international a great start to life in Premier League, Fernandinho has pledged to do everything to aid his new teammate to adapt to life in England.

“There are some tough games to come, especially away at places like Burnley, Everton and Watford – different kinds of challenges but for sure he is going to learn,” South American veteran told mancity.com.

“We are going to work closely, and I will be there for him to talk and advise him with whatever he needs, but of course he’s already a quality player who I like very much.”

Rodri’s display against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend was arguably his best so far, and Fernandinho revealed he was impressed by what he has seen from the tough-tackling midfielder:

“He has done really well in pre-season and in the first few games he’s played in the Premier League, and he’s going to help us a lot this season and for the future.”