Gabriel Jesus only at Man City after former boss Roberto Mancini made err
Manchester City’s star forward Gabriel Jesus ended up at the Etihad Stadium because of an “error” by former boss Roberto Mancini.
The Brazilian has been playing for the blue side of Manchester since 2016, scoring 69 goals in 154 appearances.
He joined from Palmerias, becoming one of Pep Guardiola’s first signings after arriving at the club.
But footballing businessman Sabatini Durante has revealed how Mancini, who won the club their first Premier League title in 2012, gave his old side a helping hand in securing Jesus’ signature.
Speaking to Calciomercato , the FIFA agent said: “He could have gone to Inter, but [Roberto] Mancini didn’t call him. This is why he chose Manchester City.
“He was one of the most promising Palmeiras players. Inter were strongly interested and I told the Nerazzurri to have Mancini call him because he is a very sensitive guy.
“Inter didn’t do it, unlike Manchester City. Guardiola called him and convinced him.”
Mancini left City in 2013 after losing the title to Manchester United and the FA Cup final to Wigan, spending a year at Galatasaray before heading to Inter.
He has since managed Zenit St. Petersburg before taking the job of managing the Italian national side since 2018.
Jesus scored the only goal in the Cityzens’ 1-1 draw with Premier League champions Liverpool, performing a sharp turn to poke past Alisson.
It puts Guardiola’s side 10th in the table, six points off leaders Leicester while having a game in hand.
But there have been concerns over the Spaniard’s future, with just a year left on his contract.
And former City man David James was left worried about the manager, saying after the Liverpool draw: “Pep’s future is in question.
“When I watched his pre-match interview, he replicated that in the post-match interview – he looks slightly aloof.
“This is a guy, like Klopp, who can break the game down very well. Klopp said it very cleanly about how he thought the game went, even when they made mistakes.
“But Guardiola was saying ‘well, yeah, they scored and we had a penalty we should have scored’ and it was a little bit distant.
“When such an intelligent man who doesn’t mind speaking the truth starts talking in code, I start getting worried about Manchester City.”
But the manager is reportedly closing in on a new deal with City, making him “likely to stay”.
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