Fernandinho Decides Against International Retirement, Despite Racist Abuse
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has decided to continue his international career, after taking some time to consider his position.
The Brazil midfielder was held responsible by a section of Seleção fans at the World Cup last summer, for the quarter-final defeat to Belgium.
The player and his family were subsequently subjected to racist abuse on social media, causing the player to consider his position.
But he told Globoesporte that he has decided to make himself available to Tite, “In my head I was thinking: and now, will I return or not?
“When I'm called, will I or will not I? I asked for more time to think because I was going through a delicate situation.
“Last week they (Tite and coordinator Edu Gaspar) were in England to watch the Liverpool game and then came here. It was a day off from me, we talked.
“We had spoken to each other in November, and more formally, to wish me a Merry Christmas and a new year, things like that. Now everything is clear.
“They understood my situation, I understood theirs, and most of all I admired the respect they had with me during all this time. It was very important to me, you know?”