Gabriel Jesus claims his decision to join Manchester City was “all about playing under Pep Guardiola” after the Spaniard convinced him to reject a host of other potential suitors.
The Brazilian youngster was linked with city neighbours Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Barcelona among others but the striker eventually plumped for City.
And he’s hit the ground running in the Premier League with seven goals in ten league appearances last campaign, while he already has eight in 11 starts this term.
Jesus, who joined at the beginning of 2017, admits life is different in England but he was always going to join City.
“I will tell you, it’s very different from Brazil. You don’t see much of the sun,” he wrote in the Players’ Tribune.
“I had a few offers to go to other clubs, and warmer places, but for me, the decision to come to Manchester City was all about playing under Pep Guardiola.
“This is my first time coming to a country that is really cold and where I don’t speak the language. It’s a challenge to be understood, and it can be lonely in that sense.
“However, when Mr. Guardiola called me as I was deciding where to sign, he told me that he was counting on me, and that I would be important to the future of City.
“That call was really important to me because it showed that he really cared about my future. When you have enough of these conversations, you can tell when someone is being real with you. I could tell Mr. Guardiola was being genuine — and in football, that means a lot.
“When he said this, I didn’t think twice. My decision was made. It was City.”