Pep Guardiola described working with departing Manchester City captain Fernandinho as a “grateful moment” in his life.
The Brazilian midfielder plays his last game in the colors of City on Sunday, when he can lift the English Premier League title for the last time.
“We’ve been together, and there are a few players like that too, since day one,” Guardiola said of Fernandinho in his press conference. “He became a leader and deserved it.
“We’ve been through many things together, the good moments and the bad moments. He is a generous man, he puts the club and the team first and he knows it was a grateful moment in my life to work with him.
“We wish him all the best for the future in his last years in Brazil and maybe he can train in the future. I’m sure we’ll meet again in the future.”
The former Brazil international has won four Premier League titles since joining City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.