Rising superstar Gabriel Jesus was chased by Europe's elite before he signed for Manchester City, and he has now revealed why he chose to join the Citizens.
The Premier League club forked out €32 million (R463 million) for the Brazilian in August 2016, but the player only moved to England in January in order to complete the season with his former side Palmeiras in Brazil, as was agreed by all parties.
Jesus has now explained that he decided to move to the Etihad because of manager Pep Guardiola and the conversation the pair had.
"The fact that Manchester City was really interested in me, Pep Guardiola's call and the conversation we had," the 20-year-old answered when asked why he chose to join City, as quoted by Sport.
"Everyone knows Pep Guardiola is a great professional but getting to know him, I have realised he is an even better person. He is a great guy, sincere, honest and that really attracted my attention."
Jesus also admitted that his international teammate Neymar tried to get him to join FC Barcelona before he set his sights on England.
"It was a difficult moment when I had to choose a club. Neymar knows how it is to be a young player from Brazil and European clubs want to grab you," he added.
"He spoke to me about how Barcelona was, about the city, how the weather's similar to Brazil.
"I hesitated a little bit, because Barcelona is a great club, too. But I realised I could go to a great club as well with more chances to play. That made the difference."
The 20-year-old made 11 appearances for the Citizens this season, scoring seven goals and assisting five further strikes.
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