Joao Cancelo’s surprise exit from Manchester City has been one of the highlight transfers this season. It gives an insight into Pep’s dynamics with his players and their season has fared. Cancelo opens up on his exit.
It had been reported that both Cancelo and Guardiola had disagreed over an alleged lack of game time after the World Cup, which saw youngster Rico Lewis in particular get an increase in minutes. Cancelo has finally revealed the truth.
“As I already said, he found a way to play, after the World Cup, in which he started playing with a full-back more inside, where I also played, and he liked what he saw with Rico [Lewis] and Nathan [Ake],” Cancelo said. “But I think a player is always a bit selfish. Any player wants to feel important, wants to play and anyone who says otherwise is lying. A competitive player, like me, who aspires to win titles, just wants to play. It’s not a question of devaluing my teammates. But I thought I deserved to play and he didn’t.”
“So we talked, it was a conversation, not a discussion, and we decided that the best thing would be for me to leave this market. An opportunity I couldn’t refuse. It was by mutual agreement. If City didn’t want to, they wouldn’t let me leave, because I had a contract. I’m very professional, I’ve always given my face for all the clubs. I have a difficult personality, yes, but I have never, at any time, disrespected team-mates or coaches.”
Cancelo has gone on to make five appearances for his new club and has already made an instant impact with two assists to his name so far. Bayern Munich are interested in a permanent transfer, but the hefty price tag remains an issue.