Gabriel Jesus refused to be drawn to reports that he has decided to leave Manchester City this summer as he promised to be ready to help the team win the Premier League and Champions League.
Jesus scored four goals in City’s win over Watford, which took them four points ahead of Liverpool in the league ahead of their Merseyside derby with Everton on Sunday. It was an excellent individual performance from the Brazilian who woke up to reports suggesting he would leave City this summer.
But Jesus told reporters after the match that his only focus at the moment is to be ready and focused on helping City with their goal of winning silverware in the Premier League and in Europe.
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“It’s not time to think about this,” he said. “You expect me to say this, and it’s true. No time to think about this, now is the best moment of the season.
“I want to enjoy it, keep the focus on my teammates to fight for the Premier League. I’ve already won three times with my teammates so I know how it feels and I would love to again. We have a tough match on Tuesday against Real Madrid, a tough opponent. That is my focus. ”
But Jesus discussed his playing time and preferred positions – two factors that are supposedly behind his transfer position.
Regarding his playing time in Pep Guardiola’s rotation system, he said: “It’s not just me, the players. If you ask the players to play, everyone wants to play. Since I arrive here, I play a lot, know what I expect, but I know that we have very good players who can play every game.
Not just me, Riyadh, Raz [Sterling], Grealish who is arriving now who sees how it is here. We have a lot of good strikers and wingers, everyone wants to play and it’s the challenge to stay focused and when you get a chance, try to do your best.
“I want to play as a straight [centra;] player, I can go there, in advance, run everywhere and try to fight, recapture the ball, attack. I think that’s my quality. I play on the street until I was 15, arriving at Palmeiras at. 15. I learn a lot from that, I play like this. Sometimes I post videos, I drive everywhere, and that’s my quality.
“I’m happy because I have the confidence of the manager and the players. When I start, Riyad, Raz, Phil, Grealish, Bernardo start in front, Gundo. We do our best. We have the experience, I’m still young, but the last five for six years I play a little hard in big matches.
“I know I can play [versus Real Madrid] But sometimes the manager tries another player and I try to stay focused when I get the chance. ”