Quick, rangy and hard-working midfielder, expert at breaking up opposition attacks
Fernando Francisco Reges arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Porto after lifting four Primeira Liga trophies during his seven year career at the Estadio do Dragao.
The Alto Paraíso-born defensive midfielder brought a great deal of UEFA Champions League experience to Manchester with him, having appeared in five campaigns in Eurpe's elite competition for the 27-time Portuguese champions.
He began his career in his homeland with Vila Nova Futebol Clube in the third tier of the Brazilian league pyramid where he made his professional debut in 2005.
Snapped up by Porto two years and 57 league appearances later, he was immediately loaned out for the following season to fellow Primeira Liga outfit, C.F. Estrala Amadora.
Swiftly adapting to European football, Fernando missed just four games all season, two of them down to his ineligibility to face his parent club, and he instantly established himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet.
Upon his return to Porto, he was immediately placed into the first-team at Estádio do Dragão, where he was a regular starter alongside Lucho González and Raul Meireles, helping the Portistas to a league and Portuguese Cup double in his first season.
His breakout season can be considered to be the following campaign (2010/11) when the Brazilian clocked up more than 3,000 minutes as Porto claimed a league, cup and Europa League treble under Andre Villas Boas.
Fernando started 14 times in the Europa League that season, including the final in Dublin against Braga, where he lined up alongside compatriots Helton and Hulk.
The then-23-year old also played against City in both legs of the last 32 clash of the same competition in the following season, when City ended Porto’s title defence with a 6-1 aggregate win.
However, Fernando would end that 2011/12 season by lifting the Portuguese league trophy – a feat he repeated for the fourth time the following season.
Virtually ever-present during the 2013/14 campaign, the midfielder missed just five league games all season and played every minute of the Portuguese side’s Champions League campaign.
In total, Fernando played for Porto 232 times and scored five goals.
Moving to City in the summer of 2014, Fernando looked at home in the Premier League immediately and found his liking for a tackle perfectly suited to the demands of the game in England.
He also contributed the odd goal, opening his City account on Boxing Day 2014 in a 3-1 win at West Brom. His second season at Etihad Stadium saw him win his first piece of silverware for the Club in the shape of the Capital One Cup.