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Fernandinho laments Shakhtar clause

May 13, 2013
By ESPN staff

Shakhtar Donetsk star Fernandinho believes the club is ruining his ‘dream’ move to the Premier League by standing firm over his contract’s buy-out clause.

GettyImagesFernandinho is worried his 'dream' move to the Premier League is under threat.

Manchester City have long been rumoured to be interested in the Brazil international but Shakhtar’s insistence they meet the £40.5 million clause has left the potential transfer in limbo.

Only recently, soon-to-be former City manager Roberto Mancini admitted he was a fan of the 27-year-old but acknowledged it would be a fight to secure his services.

“Fernandinho is a good player, but he plays for Shakhtar,” Mancini said. “I don’t think there are a lot of good players around the world. There are also four or five top teams who want to buy good players. It could be difficult.”

But a larger stumbling block could be the player’s buy-out clause, with even Fernandinho lamenting the club’s valuation could be putting his career at risk.

“The day I signed the contract, the club’s director guaranteed me that was normal practice with his players and that, in an eventual transfer, we could negotiate and reach an agreement on the price,” the Brazilian told the Daily Star.

“I trusted them and because I was lacking experience I didn’t think about the consequences. My dream is being threatened because of the high valuation.”