Jô Talks About Manchester City and Everton Spells
Corinthians striker Jô has opened up about his spell at Manchester City. The Brazilian joined City from CSKA Moscow in 2008, just as the club were taken over by Thai billionaire Thaksin Shiniwatra. He also spent time on loan at Everton, but struggled to adapt to life in England.
Speaking to ESPN Brasil, Jô reflected, “Manchester City came with a bid of €20m. Even so, the president wouldn’t sell. I had been scoring goals and we had just won the Russian cup. In July, City came with another offer, this time €24m, and then finally the president decided to sell me.
“I came in when a Thai was the owner and Eriksson had just left, the guy who had asked for my signing, but it was still a dream for me to play in the Premier League. Manchester City was still an average club at the time, but evolving.
“It was all very new. I arrived as the most expensive player in the club’s history. Then Robinho and Wright-Phillips came and the team grew. The adaptation was very difficult. I came from the Russian championship in which CSKA were the best by far, to the most difficult and most competitive league in the world.”
Jô enjoyed his loan spell at Everton, where he played until falling out with manager David Moyes, “It was at Everton that I really started playing in England. Our team was very good, I played with Arteta, Saha, Pienaar, it was a very good squad. This year I learned a lot. We qualified for the Europa League.”