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Man City signing Fernando: Yaya my hero

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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