It has been an ‘honour to captain Manchester City to success-fernandinho

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‘I am so proud and so happy with what we have achieved,’ the 36-year-old Brazilian said. ‘The Premier League is the hardest league in world football — every single game is tough.

‘To win it again means the world to me and the rest of the squad. To captain this team is an honour and a privilege because the players have given their all throughout the season, whether in training or in matches. The teamwork has been amazing.

Football is everything to us and we strive every single day to be as good as we can be in the hope we can bring success to Manchester City. Winning the Premier League title is the ultimate fulfilment of our ambitions. ‘It’s what we all dreamed of as young players, so to do it is a wonderful feeling.’

Fernandinho also paid tribute to the City supporters and promised his side will now turn all their efforts to winning the Champions League final when they face Chelsea on May 29.

‘We have missed the fans so much,’ Fernandinho said. ‘We wanted to do this for them. We will enjoy this moment and we hope the fans do too.

Shortly after City’s title was confirmed winger Raheem Sterling tweeted: ‘What’s that smell? …IT’S THE CHAMPIONS BABYYYY’

There then followed a torrent of tweets from his team-mates celebrating City’s success.

‘Champions of England… again,’ wrote German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan who chipped in with 12 league goals. ‘I would have preferred to celebrate this moment after (our) own game, but I take it anyway — what a season!’

Kevin De Bruyne was more to the point: ‘Another One,’ he tweeted.

Rio Ferdinand said: ‘Credit where it’s due. Pep went back to the drawing board, fixed things up and they came out flying. Deserved champions.

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