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Lucescu insists Shakhtar star Fred WILL join Man City

Former Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu expects Fred to join Manchester City this summer.

Lucescu predicts the Shakhtar Donetsk star will replace Fernandinho in the City midfield — just like he did when he joined the Ukrainian champions as his replacement in 2013.

Lucescu, who brought Fred to Donetsk from Brazil during his 12-year reign at Shakhtar, said the 24-year-old now has the discipline to play at a higher level — and has already chosen the Etihad Stadium over their neighbours and rivals at Old Trafford.

Now boss of Turkey's national team, Lucescu said: “Shakhtar Donetsk's best player is Fred in the centre of midfield. He was a bit anarchic on the left. I moved him in front of the defence.

“He will go to City like Fernandinho before him."

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