The young Brazilian forward, who will join Premier League side, Manchester City from Palmeiras in January, persists that he is not focusing on playing for the Citizens after scoring a brace in his senior debut with his national team. Gabriel Jesus is not thinking about his imminent move to Pep Guardiola’s side with focusing on improving for the Brazil national team. .
The Citizens finalized the transfer of the Brazilian wonderkid from Palmeiras for a five-year deal this transfer window with the player finalized to represent Manchester City at the end of the Brazilian season.
After scoring an impressive 10 goals in the Brazilian league, he is the joint-highest goal-scorer in the league currently. The 19-year-old attracted interest from many big European clubs including Real Madrid and was finally landed by Manchester City.
Gabriel Jesus played an important role in winning the Olympic gold in men’s football with the Brazil team for the first time, at Rio 2016. He was soon called-up by coach, Tite for the World Cup 2018 qualifying matches against Ecuador and Colombia.
The Brazilian made his mark in his senior debut with a brace in a 3-0 success over Quito, the past Thursday, keeping his mind on the present challenge with Brazil rather than the challenge to play in England.
“I’m focused on my objectives. I like to see the plays, successes and errors in order for me to correct them,” Jesus spoke in a media conference before Tuesday’s important match against Colombia in Manaus.
“I am with the national team and I’m focused here. I do not even want to have contact in relation to Manchester.
“All of this [success] comes from work. I’ve been working hard since I moved into the senior team. I want to learn more and more. Continuing to work will help me even more.
“I’m calm, as always. I was not the only one responsible for the victory, it was the whole team. Whoever scores the goal is made out to be the hero, but the whole team stood out tactically.
“The team helped me a lot. My head is even calmer for this game. We will try everything to repeat the performance and get the win.”
The Brazilian further spoke that he likes to feature alongside established Premier League stars, Willian and Philippe Coutinho as they entangle the defence of the opposite team while Jesus leads the line.
He further added:
“We all know the quality of Neymar, but not only him, everyone who is here.
“Willian and Coutinho pull away markers and open space, as does everyone on their best days.
“Whoever plays is going to draw attention because of their quality, which helps a lot up front.”