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City seal deal for Fernando

Manchester City have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Porto.

Fernando, 26, began his career in his homeland at Vila Nova before moving to the Portuguese club in 2007 where he won four Primeira Liga titles, two cups and a Europa League medal.

No transfer fee was announced by City, but Porto had issued a statement to the Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM) the previous evening saying a deal worth 12million had been struck between the two clubs.

He will join up with his new team-mates for pre-season training in a fortnight, and said: \"I am so happy to finally be joining Manchester City.

\"I know there was talk of me possibly signing last January so I am delighted that the deal has now been done and that I am a City player.

\"I'm looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and helping City to defend the title. It is a very exciting time to be part of this football club and I cannot wait to play in the Premier League.

\"City fans can be assured I will give my all every time I play and I'm looking forward to many happy years in Manchester.

\"I have enjoyed my stay with Porto and I thank the club and the fans for their support during my time in Portugal. Now I am ready for a new chapter in my career.\"