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Gabriel Jesus: I turned down bigger offers to join City

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Pin Gabriel Jesus turned down more lucrative offers to join City. AFP
Gabriel Jesus turned down more lucrative offers to join City. AFP

Gabriel Jesus: I turned down bigger offers to join City

Liam Hanna by Liam Hanna @LiamPHanna - 0 1,989

Gabriel Jesus says that he turned down more lucrative offers before joining Manchester City, citing Pep Guardiola as the main reason why he chose the Citizens.

The Brazilian wonderkid remained coy on mentioning specific clubs who were interested in him, but says that he could have received more money had he moved elsewhere.

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

"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".

The former Palmeiras striker went on to say that Pep Guardiola was key in his decision to move to the Etihad,

He added: "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".

Jesus also believes that he will have no problems adapting to life in the Premier League, and will not be scared of tough defenders. 

"I like to define myself as a fighter on the pitch," he said. "I like to be aggressive, trying to go forward. Since my early days I've been used to playing with older boys and strong defenders. I'm not scared of tough tacklers. I want to win - I'll fight to make sure we do".

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