01/03/2024
Fernandez played three seasons for Club Deportivo Palestino in the Chilean first tier. PHOTO: Palestino - Twitter

Fernandez played three seasons for Club Deportivo Palestino in the Chilean first tier. PHOTO: Palestino - Twitter

24-year-old Vicente Fernandez will add much needed depth at left back for City, after the departure of Aziz Behich to Saudi Pro League team Al Nassr.

Fernandez has played most of his professional career in his home nation of Chile, making 89 appearances in the first tier since his professional debut in 2018.

He joins City as a free agent from the remainder of the 2023/24 season, subject to international clearance.

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Fernandez says he’s excited to get started at his new club.

“I’m really excited by this opportunity to join a team like Melbourne City which has had so much success in recent years,” he said.

“It’s an exciting new challenge for me and I can’t wait to get to Australia to meet my new teammates and get to work.”

Director of Football, Michael Petrillo says that given the short time frame they were allowed to find a replacement for Behich, the club are very happy to secure a player of Fernandez’s quality.

“Vicente is an attacking left back with good experience at some of the best clubs in Chile. Technically good on the ball, he has genuine pace with the ability to run at players and get forward to provide good crosses,” he said.

“He is defensively good in 1v1 situations and as a naturally left-footed player, he adds further depth to our left side.”

The Chilean joins James Jeggo and fan favourite Marco Tilio as City’s incomings in the summer transfer window.

City fan’s first chance to see their new signing in action will be at next weekend’s Melbourne derby.

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