Man City's Fernandinho aims for 'year of his life'
Manchester City's Fernandinho had the perfect entrance to 2014 as he scored the Premier League's first goal of the year in the New Year's Day match against Swansea. Now the 28 year-old is targeting success with club and country.
A summer arrival at The Etihad from Shakhtar Donetsk, the diminutive midfielder is aiming to add to his mere 5 caps by catching the eye of Luiz Felipe Scolari through his performances for City.
With fellow Premier League enforcers Ramires, Lucas Leiva and Paulinho also competing for a national call-up, Fernandinho knows that his task is a difficult one.
Speaking with herald.ie, the ex-Paranaense player said: "If I have success with City and Brazil this year that would be the best year of my life, of my career."
And knowing that the coach of Brazil is watching all potential candidates closely, he continued: "He has been in Portugal, in Italy. I am sure he will be here watching me and other players and that is no problem."
A strong second half to the season would certainly aid Fernandinho's cause and his three recent goals for City have signalled his intent.