Fernandinho 'too good for Manchester City'

Shakhtar Donetsk's Fernandinho in action on December 5, 2012
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Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu insists that Fernandinho is too good to play for Manchester City.

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has hit out at reports linking Fernandinho with a move to Manchester City, claiming that the Brazilian is too good to play for the Premier League outfit.

The Romanian is adamant that he will only sell the 27-year-old if his £42.3m release clause is met, but insisted that a move to the Etihad would be a step down.

"If City want to [sign Fernandinho], the clause is €50m [£42.3m]," Lucescu told PRO TV.

"If our players receive offers from teams higher than Shakhtar, we do everything possible to help them. Currently, I think Manchester City are not at our level."

Fernandinho, who has earned five caps for his country, won the UEFA Cup with Shakhtar in 2009.

Shakhtar Donetsk's Fernandinho in action on December 5, 2012
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