Saturday 20 December 2014

Fernandinho eyes World Cup chance

Published 03/02/2014 | 08:32

Fernandinho is targeting a World Cup place
Fernandinho is targeting a World Cup place

Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho sees his side's heavyweight clash with Chelsea as the ideal opportunity to catch national boss Luiz Felipe Scolari's eye.

Fernandinho, signed for £30million from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer, has been one of the key figures in City's push for four trophies.

But as well as chasing silverware, Fernandinho also wants to win a place in the Brazil squad for this summer's World Cup on home soil.

The 28-year-old, who has won just five caps, hoped his move to England would yield greater recognition and he certainly expects Scolari to be watching the high-profile Barclays Premier League tussle with Chelsea.

The Londoners have four Brazilians in their squad in David Luiz, Willian, Oscar and Ramires.

Fernandinho said: "Getting to the World Cup is a big dream for me.

"It's a big game. You could say it's like a derby because everyone is talking about it.

"I am sure the Brazilian manager will be watching because there are a lot of players he needs to see.

"If I have a good performance, there is no doubt it will open the door for me. That's what I am hoping."

There is plenty riding on the game in title terms with City looking to reclaim top spot and open up a six-point advantage over Chelsea.

Defeat would see Chelsea draw level on 53 points, two behind Arsenal.

Fernandinho, who was the subject of previous interest from Chelsea, said: "If we could beat them it would be a very important result - but both teams will still have a lot of difficult games left.

"The Premier League is full of surprise results - but I hope we won't have any more."

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