Gabriel Jesus came pretty much out of the blue to shock the world with his killer instincts at Manchester City, scoring 7 goals in his first 10 games and earning a spot in Brazil’s starting XI.
However, the 22-year-old striker has failed to keep up the pace and constant injuries, plus Sergio Aguero’s surge, have prevented him from taking a step forward on his career.
Hence, with him struggling to establish at Pep Guardiola’s team, there have been several rumors pointing towards a potential move for the former Palmeiras standout.
So, when asked about Gabriel Jesus’ future at the Etihad Stadium, Guardiola lauded his talent and claimed they’d do everything they can to keep him in the club for as long as possible, shutting the door on a potential transaction, at least for the time being:
“When he arrived, his energy, his impact immediately seduced us. I was incredibly impressed. After the injuries, it came at his best moment. He extended his contract, and when a guy extends his contract it’s because he wants to stay here. The situation he has with Sergio, he knew that before he extended the contract.
My advice to him and we told him ‘if you are not sure about that position, you don’t have to extend the contract, you can go to other places’. He said ‘no, I want to stay here’. He has his future is in his hands. He’s young, he’s going to play for many years, he’s the No.9 for Brazil with Firmino. I think they are incredibly complementary. Of course, Sergio will retire sooner than Gabriel and I hope he will stay longer, but, in the end, the desire for the players will decide. We’ll do everything to keep him here as long as possible,” Guardiola told the media, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
And now that Aguero is set to miss a couple of games with injuries, Gabriel Jesus will have the ultimate chance to prove his worth and force Guardiola to give him more minutes, or else, perhaps he’d be better off somewhere else.