City confirm Fernando signing

Premier League champions Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernando from Porto.

Porto revealed on Wednesday that the two clubs had reached an agreement in a deal worth £12million (€15million), with the formalities now sorted, although the exact details of his contract length have not been disclosed.

The 26-year-old told City's official website: "I am so happy to finally be joining Manchester City.

"I know there was talk of me possibly signing last January so I am delighted that the deal has now been done and that I am a City player.

"I'm looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and helping City to defend the title. It is a very exciting time to be part of this football club and I cannot wait to play in the Premier League.

"City fans can be assured I will give my all every time I play and I'm looking forward to many happy years in Manchester.

"I have enjoyed my stay with Porto and I thank the club and the fans for their support during my time in Portugal. Now I am ready for a new chapter in my career." 

Fernando, who operates primarily as a defensive midfielder, started out at Vila Nova in his native Brazil. 

He joined Porto in 2007 and won a host of domestic silverware, as well as the UEFA Europa League in 2010-11. 

In moving to the Etihad Stadium, Fernando becomes City's second close-season signing following Bacary Sagna's arrival.