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Fernandinho out to land club and country honours


Manchester City's Luis Fernandinho. Picture credit: Tom Yates/PA Wire

Manchester City's Luis Fernandinho. Picture credit: Tom Yates/PA Wire

Manchester City's Luis Fernandinho. Picture credit: Tom Yates/PA Wire

MANCHESTER CITY midfielder Fernandinho is hoping 2014 will be the best year of his life as he targets success with club and country.

The 28-year-old Brazil international got the new year off to the best possible start by scoring the opener in City's 3-2 win at Swansea on Wednesday.

City start 2014 in contention for the Premier League, Champions League and League Cup, while their FA Cup campaign kicks off at Blackburn this weekend.

There is also the small matter of Brazil hosting this summer's World Cup finals, and former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho knows the next 12 months could represent the high point of his career.

"This was a good way to start the year, to score a goal and the team to win. I hope I can keep playing like this and the team can keep winning," he said.

"If I have success with City and Brazil this year that would be the best year of my life, of my career.

"But for now I must concentrate on the games and see what happens afterwards. I hope we can keep challenging for all four trophies."

Fernandinho has won five caps for his country but competition for places in midfield is fierce with players such as Lucas Leiva, Ramires and Paulinho all pushing for places.

The City man has helped his own cause by finding his touch in front of goal recently, scoring three in his last five appearances.

"It is always good when you score goals, you help your team," he said. "But the most important thing is the team and we showed we are a good strong team and we want to win the Premier League.

"I don't know why I am scoring more at the moment, for my three goals I was near the edge of the box and it means there is more chance to score."

He added: "Luiz Felipe Scolari (the Brazil coach) has been around watching players. He has been in Portugal, in Italy. I am sure he will be here watching me and other players and that is no problem."

The win over Swansea means City remain a point behind current league leaders Arsenal.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini has no doubt his men can handle the pressure.

"I think it's impossible to be in a good team if you don't want pressure, you must be used to playing with pressure," he said. "If they want to say that the pressure is on Manchester City it's no problem for us."