Although he only joined Etihad in the transfer market last summer, Joao Cancelo’s future in Manchester City began to become a debate in the British media.
The reason is the player rarely gets the chance to appear in the Citizen first team. So, how does coach Pep Guardiola respond to the Portuguese player’s future?
As we said, the 25-year-old fullback officially joined Manchester City in the transfer market last summer. Joao Cancelo was bailed out by Juventus from the Citizens with a tag of up to 27.4 million Pounds plus Danilo, who headed to the Italian Serie A giants.
Hoping to try new experiences and challenges in the UK, Cancelo must instead accept the harsh reality. He was unable to compete with Kyle Walker, who was always a mainstay to occupy the post on the right side of the defense. As a result, the Portuguese player was rarely played, a far different situation when he was still in the Juventus costume.
In total, the former Valencia player has only collected 16 appearances this season in all competitions, with only 11 appearances as a starter. Reportedly, the situation will try to be used by Valencia to persuade Joao Cancelo to leave Manchester City in January 2020.
Other news also mentioned the interest of the German Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich. Regarding this rumor, coach Pep Guardiola admitted that Joao Cancelo was a quality player and could contribute a lot to The Citizens. He made sure the defender will still survive this winter.
It’s just, whether Cancelo will survive next season? The former Barcelona coach seems to still doubt him.
“In the past month we have the best of Kyle Walker, and I continue to give him opportunities. Cancelo adapts and he has special qualities, and he can help us in many matches,”
“We bought him to be here for a long time, not for six months, but what happened, has happened. I don’t know what will happen in the next few weeks. In the summer we will discuss the future,” Pep Guardiola said.