Guardiola Admits Gabriel Jesus Struggling To Adapt to Family Situation
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits that striker Gabriel Jesus is finding life in England tough without his family, who recently returned to Brazil after a spell in Manchester with their visas having expired.
Jesus has a very close relationship with his family, especially his mother, with whom he credits much of his success. Guardiola says the club is there to help him, but acknowledges that the situation could be affecting his performances.
“The private life is the private life and if they need something we are there. We are there to help. But of course, we cannot substitute the mother and when the family can’t be there, it’s difficult. They have to handle the situation and of course he is not alone, he has friends.
“He has incredible relationship with the Brazilian guys, like Danilo, Fernandinho, [and the Portuguese speaker] Bernardo [Silva], many, many players here. I think it won’t be a problem for the next months.
“But we don’t know the private lives and the private lives can affect a lot their performance, shorter to medium time. So any time when you have any problems it can happen, we are going to try and help. In the case of Gabriel, it’s like this. Beyond that I don’t know what we should do.”