Fernando: It's an honour to play alongside Yaya Toure

The new signing is looking to help the club push on and impress in the Champions League after joining from Porto and says he is relishing working with the Ivorian
Fernando says he considers it "an honour" to be able to play alongside Yaya Toure after joining Manchester City from Porto.

There are question marks over Toure's future at the club following a number of public statements of unhappiness at City's actions regarding his birthday and recently passed brother, with talks scheduled.

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Fernando finally sealed a move to the Premier League champions last month after a failed bid in January and is hoping to impress as City look to defend their 2014-15 crown.

"City are known all over the world, footballers are aware of Manchester City," Fernando told reporters. "It's a dream to be here and part of this great club, and I also hope to become one of the club's great players.

"The player I most admire and who I watch a lot of his games, is Yaya Toure. He's a great player and for me it will be an honour to play alongside him.

"I work hard, I always look for a way to win back control of the ball as quickly as possible, and give it to my colleagues.

"I consider myself a good team player and always try to be at my best on the pitch and transmit good energy to the other players."

Fernando won four league titles in Portugal, plus a Europa League crown in 2010-11, and said he understands the pressure that comes with being champions.

"We know expectations are higher, because after winning the title everyone believes they can do better," said Fernando.

"All we have to do is make sure we deliver the same performance as last season so we can win it again. And in the Champions League we must give our all this year.

"I left a good legacy in Porto, and hope I can repeat the same here with City, winning titles and playing regularly.

"That's what everyone can expect from me – willpower and dedication, always with eyes on trophies. That is what City and I want."