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Fernandinho keen on Manchester City move

6 May 2013 11:28

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho has revealed he is keen to join Manchester City in order to improve his international prospects.

The 28-year-old has won five Ukrainian Premier League titles and three Ukrainian Cups since joining Shakhtar in 2005 but has earned just five Brazil caps during that time.

And he believes that a move to England with City could help increase his chances of receiving a call from Luiz Felipe Scolari.

"I believe my chances of making the World Cup squad will improve if I join City," he said.

"My exposure would be better, because Brazil is biased towards the Ukrainian league.

"What we do here is not recognised in my country. Playing in a division, at a club that is considered among the best in the world would help me get back in the Brazilian national team.

"There are a lot of people in England with good football knowledge. Those complement my skills and motivate me to want to play in the Premier League."

City manager Roberto Mancini last week hailed Fernandinho but insisted it would be "difficult" to see off fierce competition for his signature.

The Brazilian, who scored against Chelsea in this season's UEFA Champions League, last appeared at international level in a February 2012 friendly against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

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