Former Man City, Gabby Fernando returns to Brazil and may join a Paulista side

The Portuguese-Brazilian midfielder, Gabby Fernando, 17 , will not stay in England. He arrived in Brazil this friday and may sign with a São Paulo State’s team next week

The youngster Gabriel Fernando Morais Casseres de Almeida, more known as Gabby Fernando or Gabriel Almeida, may be a surprise in a clube of São Paulo State in the next couple of weeks.

With his career almost entirely made in Europe, the young superstar, who has Brazilian and Portuguese nationality, already played in Brazil, for Flamengo, but in his twitter already indicated that he is close to sign with a club from São Paulo.

Even playing for a short time in Brazil, Gabriel curriculum is large, with many clubs, comparisons and compliments.

His family moved from Brazil to Portugal when he was only three years old, due to a job offer for his parents. He began at the age of six playing for Sporting and only against older players. His skills were impressive and a scout from Tottenham signed him before he turned 11.

Already playing for London side team, he participated of a skill talent show, in 2007, at Wembley Stadium, and won as the most skilfull and the best free kick taker at his age level.

The problem began about that time, after a couple of years, him and his family had some contract conflicts with the Spurs and he went on training for its rival, Arsenal, but couldn’t sign for the Gunners. In 2009 an offer from Brazil turned out to be the solution.

Free to sign with any Brazilian side, he moved to Flamengo in 2009. Part of the Carioca side u15 team, he had great performances and caught the attention of City scouts, whom compared Gabriel talent with Zidane and Kaká.

He signed with City in August of 2011 and presented himself at the team in january of 2012. After more than a year at the Citizens, he refused signing his professional contract and people began to speculate his future.

First he went to Old Trafford many times, giving hints he would join United, but the negotiations dind’t end up well. He then trained at West Ham, until flying back to Brazil this Friday.

Gabby Fernando didn’t tell which Brazilian side he will join in the next couple of weeks, but gave many hints that this team might be Corinthians.

In the following tweets, asked if he would join United, his answer was “Timão”, Corinthians’ nickname in Brazil. Then he sent a tweet to Alexandre Pato, Corinthians’ forward and former Milan player, saying: Thanks brother, see you soon.


This last one is a huge hint he might be signing for the Paulista black and white, even though a move to São Paulo, Palmeiras, Santos or Flamengo can’t be discarded.


About Gabriel Fuhrmann

Jornalista formado desde 2011, especializado em futebol de base. Repórter da São Paulo FC Digital
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