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Fernandinho relieved to finally clinch Man City deal

Fernandinho admits he's relieved to have finally signed for Manchester City.

The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder feared he would be priced out of the transfer.

"I'm relieved," he told Globo. "It was a big battle. The negotiations were intense, took several days and I even abandoned my vacation.

"Everybody left after the league was over but I stayed in Ukraine to convince the club to release me as the buy-out fee was really very high and nobody would pay that.

"When the first offer came in, they said no. I insisted a lot in order to convince the manager, the board and even the captain.

"I had meetings with the president who promised he would talk with Man City if an offer of 40 million Euros came, which finally happened."

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