Manchester City have finally unveiled their new player Brazil starlet Gabriel Jesus after a £27 million transfer from Palmeiras, where he was their top scorer.
The 19-year-old was signed to City back in August but stayed with Palmeiras until December, the end of the Brazilian season, helping them win their first Brazilian title in 20 years.
After formally completing his move which was hindered by bureaucratic delays, Jesus was unveiled by City on Thursday morning.
Jesus who has played for the national team and helped Brazil win gold at the Rio Olympics in the summer, has already been training for the last three weeks with Pep Guardiola’s squad and is likely to play on Saturday as City face Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad.
‘I’m very impressed by the grandeur of the club, with the planning, the structure, the training ground is very big – I like it,’ the 19-year-old said. ‘I want to win titles and City is a club that is used to winning.
‘Apart from the size of the club, which is massive with a long history, it’s a club that always competes for the title in the competitions it enters.
‘I made it clear that I wanted to stay until the end of the year at Palmeiras because I wanted to win another championship. I left there with my head held high and highly satisfied with our performance.
City fought off competition from Barcelona but Jesus has said City boss Guardiola was a huge influence on his decision to join the Premier League club.
‘Guardiola was the only manager who called me so I was very pleased, given the manager he is, what he has done, his intelligence, so my desire is to work with him and learn more from him every day.
‘He said he’d really like me to come, that I’d help the club a lot, my team-mates, so I was very pleased. From that point I chose City, I got it into my head that I was coming here to help and learn.
‘He’s mad about football, he lives football 24 hours a day and I’m like that too. When I’m not playing, I’m watching or playing a video game – something linked to football.’