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: "I've always admired Yaya [Toure]. But the team is made up of great players.

"When I was growing up my favourite players were Gilberto Silva and Mauro Silva, but now it is Yaya."

On his preseason, Fernando confessed: "It has been more intense (than in Portugal) and the pace is quicker.

"But I was expecting that having watched the Premier League before I came here. But I'm getting used to it, I'm adapting.

"I knew I was facing great players when I came here, I just need to keep working hard and I'll prove myself.

"I win a lot of balls, like multi-legged, that's where the Octopus nickname came from, and hopefully I can do well."

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