Joao Cancelo has explained his move to Bayern Munich on loan from Manchester City amid speculation of fall out with Pep Guardiola.
A piece of news that caught many by surprise, Bayern Munich have signed Joao Cancelo on loan from Manchester City for the remainder of the season with an option to buy him on a permanent deal.
Reports suggested Joao Cancelo’s move away from Manchester City came following a training ground bust-up with manager Pep Guardiola. The Portuguese international was also an unused substitute in Manchester City’s last three games.
Speaking at his official unveiling as a Bayern Munich player, Joao Cancelo said a desire to have more game time was the reason for his move away from the Premier League side and not the speculated fallout with Pep Guardiola.
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Joao Cancelo reveals what influenced his decision to join Bayern Munich
Joao Cancelo said he has not had much game time at Manchester City in the past few weeks, and that it influenced his decision to join Bayern Munich.
“I’ve not had much game time in the past few weeks, which influenced my decision. There was speculation that my relationship with Pep was not the best but the fact is I wanted to play more. I really wanted to embark on this new adventure at such a club with such a big history,” Joao Cancelo said.
“It’s a dream for me. I’m very happy to be here and to show my footballing qualities. I know that this club, this team, lives for titles and wins titles every year. I’m also driven by the hunger for success.”
Although Joao Cancelo did not get any minutes in Manchester City’s last three games, he has featured in 26 games for the Premier League side this season before his move to Bayern Munich.
17 of those appearances came in the Premier League, where Manchester City have played 20 matches so far this season. Joao Cancelo started in 16 of those games.
Joao Cancelo refused to be drawn on if he would like to stay at Bayern Munich beyond the end of the current campaign.
“We have to see what these five months will bring, I want to be here with a clear head. We will then talk about it again at the end of the season,” Cancelo said.