Gabriel Jesus Reveals Why He Joined City

Football Soccer - Brazil national soccer team training - World Cup 2018 Qualifier - Manaus Arena Stadium, Manaus, Brazil - 5/9/16.Brazil's player Gabriel Jesus attends a training session. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly - RTX2O9C7

Football Soccer – Brazil national soccer team training – World Cup 2018 Qualifier – Manaus Arena Stadium, Manaus, Brazil – 5/9/16.Brazil’s player Gabriel Jesus attends a training session. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

During the summer transfer window, both the Manchester clubs were interested in signing Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus. Manchester United offered a higher bid for the player, but he eventually ended up at Manchester City.

Gabriel Jesus, who played for Brazilian club Palmeiras, was voted the best newcomer of the 2015 Brazilian league. Due to his playing style, he has been called the next Neymar by the Brazilian media.

Jesus managed to bag 26 goals in his 67 appearances for Palmeiras – quite impressive for a teenager. He is best known for his commanding pace and agility, and he even received praise from Brazil’s Ronaldo – who predicted that Gabriel is destined for greatness in the national team.


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In an interview Gabriel Jesus revealed why he rejected José Mourinho for Pep Guardiola.

He said: “The presence of Guardiola as manager of City, and the fact that it is a great club, were very important factors in my final decision.
“Guardiola’s phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It made me realise that I’d love to work with him. I don’t know him personally but he made me feel very safe about his project.
“It was a complicated decision but, in the end, my desire to learn won.”


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Jesus also said he’s willing to change his preferred position to get enough playing time.

“I prefer playing as a left winger rather than a striker, but I’m willing to play in either position,” he said.

“I’d like to think I’m a versatile player. But I will listen to the manager’s opinion and advice in order to improve and adapt as fast as I possibly can.”

 

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