Jô Regrets Blowing Everton Opportunity
Corinthians striker Jô admits that he regrets blowing his chance at Everton back when he joined the club on loan in 2009. The Brazilian was on loan at the Merseyside club from Manchester City, where he impressed initially.
After a series of good displays, Everton extended his loan, but soon found himself surplus to requirements after breaching club discipline. Jô eventually moved to Galatasaray, before playing for Atlético Mineiro and taking in spells in Saudi Arabia and China.
After some personal issues, Jô has been reborn at Corinthians, where his goals have taken Timão 8 points clear at the top of the Brasileirão, with many suggesting the player is worthy of a recall to the national side.
Speaking to Reuters, Jô admits that, looking back, abusing Everton’s trust is one of the biggest regrets of his career, “There was an episode at Everton when I had hurt my ankle and I asked David Moyes if I could come back to Brazil to speed up treatment.
“I came back here and didn't have any treatment, I did other things. I told him I was fit to face Chelsea. I played from the start in London and I didn't play well at all. I was in pain and I hid it from him and he found out and he was very angry.
“I didn't take care of myself off the field. I didn't rest, I didn't train properly. It was immaturity. I thought it was just another club and just another moment in my career but it was a massive opportunity for me...
"I thought it was just another spell and that I would learn, but you have to take advantage. I thought, 'don't worry, I'll have another chance'. Sometimes you don't get another chance.”