‘Gabriel Jesus is the Future’ Claims Guardiola
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hailed striker Gabriel Jesus as the club’s future and says he cannot believe the club were able to secure him for such a reasonable fee. The Brazilian has 4 goals in 4 starts for Pep’s side since joining from Palmeiras for around £32m in January.
Jesus scored a late equaliser against Middlesbrough last weekend and Guardiola says he is set to be the club’s star player for years to come, “Before we got him we expected a lot of things, but not that impact as soon as possible. He will be the future striker in this club for the next years.
“The good ones make a good impact. Messi, for example, at 18, 19 years old he scored 40 league goals in a year. The top players are top players. Sometimes we talk about needing more time and you have to give that time.
“Some players come here in the Premier League and the first and second season are difficult and then, wow – explosion. The other ones, they are positive, they are mentally strong, they have skill, they arrive and go wow! It’s done.
“When we decided to buy Gabriel, Gabriel had a lot of suitors to go to, a lot of teams. But he decided to come here, which was so happy for us. I’m very pleased with that.”
“I don’t know how we got him so cheap, but now I think he would be expensive," said the former Barcelona manager. “Today the prices are crazy all around the world, so he would be expensive, I’m pretty sure about that.”