Fernando admits he'll be playing with his midfield idol at Manchester City this season.
City swooped for the former Porto midfielder last month.
He revealed to the Manchester Evening News: â€śIâ€™ve always admired Yaya [Toure]. But the team is made up of great players.
â€śWhen I was growing up my favourite players were Gilberto Silva and Mauro Silva, but now it is Yaya.â€ť
On his preseason, Fernando confessed: â€śIt has been more intense (than in Portugal) and the pace is quicker.
â€śBut I was expecting that having watched the Premier League before I came here. But Iâ€™m getting used to it, Iâ€™m adapting.
â€śI knew I was facing great players when I came here, I just need to keep working hard and Iâ€™ll prove myself.
â€śI win a lot of balls, like multi-legged, thatâ€™s where the Octopus nickname came from, and hopefully I can do well.â€ť
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