Fernandinho eyes title send-off for Pellegrini

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is hoping the Citizens can give manager Manuel Pellegrini the perfect send-off by claiming the Premier League title.

The Chilean tactician will depart the Etihad when his contract expires at the end of the current campaign, with Bayern M√ľnchen boss Pep Guardiola poised to replace him.

And Fernandinho, who was Pellegrini’s first signing in 2013, has expressed his gratitude for the manner in which the manager eased him into the first-team fold.

“The first season we won two titles together,” he told BBC’s Football Focus. “I learnt a lot of things with him so he was like a father for me.

“He introduced me into the team and to play alongside a lot of good players.

“I think he [Pellegrini] did a great job and we’ve got a great chance to finish with a gold key.

“We have a chance to win the title again and I hope we can do that.”

The Citizens are currently fourth in the Premier League standings, 12 points behind league leaders Leicester City following 26 rounds of fixtures.