Manchester City players arrived back in training on Monday under a new manager and with skipper Vincent Kompany leading the way.

Boss Manuel Pellegrini will get the chance to take his new players through their paces, including £30million midfielder Fernandinho, who joins from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Javi Garcia was one of the first players to chat with Pellegrini on the training ground and there were a host of other players about.

Greetings: Manuel Pellegrini meeting the new players on the training ground


Kitted out: Pellegrini chats to Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia

New start: Manuel Pellegrini in his training gear for the first time at City’s Carrington complex

Informal: Yaya Toure chatting to Samir Nasri without his training gear on

Chance to shine: James Milner and Swede John Guidetti step on to the training ground

Back together: City players mill around the canteen as they wait to begin training

Kicking on: Samir Nasri was next out with a nice new pair of green and yellow boots


Samir Nasri, who has been given a chance to prove himself by Pellegrini after a disappointing 2012-13 season under Roberto Mancini, was out to impress

Also training were England stars Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair, James Milner and Micah Richards, as they all look to push their claims for a City starting role next season.

A nervous Fernandinho flew into Manchester over the weekend, and said on Twitter: ‘Time to sleep, tomorrow my first day of work at Man City, I am very anxious.’

He has also said that if it wasn’t for the influence of his dad he may well have ended up as a goalkeeper.

Looking to the future: England midfielder Jack Rodwell strolls out for the start of pre-season

England duo: Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards wander out into the sun

Leading man: Vincent Kompany arrives at Carrington for Manchester City’s first training session back



Driving in: Joe Hart arrives ahead of putting on the gloves for the first time in pre-season

Speaking to Four Four Two, Fernandinho said: ‘When I was a child I was a great fan of the Brazilian keeper Taffarel.

‘Because of him I wanted to be a goalkeeper too! But thank God, my father did not let me and made sure I only played with my feet!’

He has also revealed he is to start taking English lessons to try and fit in at City: ‘I’m going to start English classes to learn a quickly as possible, but right now I can communicate in Spanish without problems.’

Fernandinho bid his farewell from Shakhtar Donetsk after eight years at the club, and was given a celebratory shirt by his old club with 284 on the back, which was the number of games he played for Ukranian outfit.

New boy: Fernandinho taking his flight to Manchester before joining up with his team-mates on Monday morning



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