Fernandinho says he will do everything he can to help Rodrigo settle and become and integral part of City’s team.

The Spaniard has hit the ground running with the champions, but Fernandinho knows it can be a long, hard campaign in English football and will guide the young midfielder and advise him whenever he needs it.

“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,” said Ferna.

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“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.

“He has done really well in pre-season and in the first few games he’s played in the Premier League.

 “He’s tall, technically very good and he’s going to help us a lot this season and for the future.”

 


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The popular Brazilian is in his seventh season with City and is available again after picking up a knock while on duty with Brazil during the summer.

He is also looking for his fourth Premier League title with the Club and believes that, with hard work, everything is possible.

“I don’t remember the last time a team won the Premier League three times in a row,” he said.

“Normally, it’s human nature to relax once you’ve achieved your targets.

“This is going to be hard for us and we’re going to keep the guys’ heads up and keep moving forward.

“We must dig deep in the dressing room and not just rely on Pep to push us.

“We don’t just have a group of great players - we have a great group of human beings and this makes a huge difference.

“I think we all realise that in every training session and match we play, we have to improve, play great football and win our games because we want to win many more titles.”