Gabriel Jesus: Man City move too good to turn down
City signed one of the brightest prospects in South American football in the 19-year-old striker, who has revealed he found it impossible to reject the move to the Premier League
Gabriel Jesus has revealed the reason behind his move to Manchester City, claiming the offer was too good to turn down.
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The Etihad side forked out £27 million for the teenage prospect in the summer, though he remained at Palmeiras until the end of the Brazilian season, helping the Sao Paulo side win the title.
Jesus arrived in Manchester last Thursday for a brief introduction to life in the north west of England, taking a tour of City’s training facilities on Friday morning and meeting his new team-mates later that day.
And the 19-year-old has revealed that a switch to the Premier League club was too good an offer to turn down, though vows to return to boyhood club Palmeiras one day.
“Sometimes you have an opportunity and can’t let it go,” the Brazilian told Goal. “That is what happened to me.
“Manchester City can help me, and I can help Manchester City too through my performances. I arrive with high expectations and I’m aiming to repay the faith shown in me and the affection shown by the fans.
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“But, when I come back to play in Brazil, I will play for Palmeiras again.”
City boss Pep Guardiola sanctioned a holiday for Jesus before he returns to the club and looks to find his feet in Manchester.
“He has gone nearly three years without a holiday,” Guardiola previously told a press conference. “They played the Olympic Games, won the gold medal, and then immediately after he played again with Palmeiras.
“He needs a little bit of time to rest, maybe two weeks, three weeks, one month, I don’t know, we are going to see. He just came to start the contact, to see where he is going to live, where he is going to work, the place, and that’s all.”
Jesus, an established member of Tite’s senior Brazil squad, struck 21 goals in his 46 appearances for Palmeiras in their title-winning squad and has so far scored four goals in six appearances for the Selecao.