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Brazilian Starlet: How Pep Lured Me To City

New Manchester City signing Gabriel Jesus has revealed how Pep Guardiola convinced him to move to the Etihad.

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The 19-year-old, who won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with the U23 Brazil national team, was the subject of major interest from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United in the latest transfer window.

Jesus has now explained that a personal call from the former FC Barcelona coach impressed him so much it convinced him to join City in the end.

"It was a complicated decision, but in the end my desire to learn won," Jesus told The Guardian.

"The presence of Guardiola as a manager at City and the fact that it is a great club were very important factors in my final decision.

"Guardiola's phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It made me realise that I'd love to work with him. I don't know him personally yet but he already made me feel very safe about his project there."

The Brazilian will only join up with his new club in January, when his final season with Palmeiras is over, and he has already set his sights on competing with Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Nolito for a place in the Citizens' starting XI.

"I think I will fight for a place as a winger in the team," he added.

"I actually prefer playing as a left winger rather than a striker, but I just want to be very clear that I'm willing to play in either position.

"All this change does not scare me at all. My life has always been full of challenges. Obviously this is a bigger one, but the best battles are given to the best warriors.

"I will listen to the manager's opinion and his advice in order to improve and adapt as fast as I possibly can."

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Jesus has scored 19 goals in 39 senior appearances for his Brazilian club.

Do you think Jesus will be a regular under Guardiola? Have your say in the comments section below. 

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