Jesus: I rejected more money elsewhere to join City

Date published: Monday 19th December 2016 12:00

Gabriel Jesus insists Manchester City didn’t provide him with the “best financial offer” when he was deciding his future and admits that working with Pep Guardiola was a huge draw.

Lots of clubs from around Europe were interested in landing the Brazilian forward but he decided to join City after much consideration with his family and agent.

He will officially complete his move in January for £27million after helping Palmeiras to win their first Brazilian Serie A title since 1994.

“There was [a lot of interest in my signature], but I don’t want to name any club,” he told FourFourTwo.

“The decision to join City was taken by me, with my family and my agent – and it wasn’t the best financial offer.

“We considered many things, but I really appreciate the whole City project and I’m so happy with the decision. City are a huge club in a country that loves football and has one of the best leagues.

“I can’t deny that working with Guardiola helped with my decision. He’s an excellent manager – one of the best in the world – and I can’t describe how proud I am when he says good things about me.

‘I’m proud that he likes my way of playing, but that’s not enough for me. I need to show that he was right about me.”

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