Fernandinho has spoken for the first time about why he hasn’t played international football for Brazil since the 2018 World Cup.
The Manchester City star, who impressed again in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Burnley, was criticised by many in Brazil after scoring an own goal in the World Cup quarter finals against Belgium, a game which Seleção would lose 2-1, eliminating them.
The player and his family were subjected to some vile abuse, with Fernandinho being called, among other things, a ‘monkey’.
Brazil boss Tite said in December that Fernandinho was unhappy after that and subsequently hasn’t been called up.
Speaking to Brazilian journalists after City’s win over Burnley, Fernandinho elaborated on his position regarding playing for Brazil.
“I had a conversation with Tite on November 10, when we played Manchester United,” said Fernandinho. “He was there, he talked to me and showed his will, as did I.”
He continued: “I’ve come to a point in my life where everything doesn’t depend only on me, but the people who are around me and with me in my daily life.
“Every decision I make, will never be thinking of only me. When I make the decision, I’ll be thinking of people around me.”
Fernandinho will have a chance to talk to members of Tite’s staff on February 3 when City host Arsenal, with assistant coach Clever Xavier and performance analyst Fernando Lázaro scheduled to be in attendance.
The 33-year-old said he is looking to speaking with the two, despite uncertainty about his international future.
“For me, it’s always a pleasure to speak to them, because besides the professionalism, we have a very good relationship and friendship.
“I am sure that at the right time, both you (the press) and the Brazilian public will know if I will continue playing for the Seleção or not.”