Manchester City confirm Gabriel Jesus signing: Striker explains Manchester United snub
MANCHESTER CITY have officially confirmed the signing of Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus.
10:16, Thu, Jan 19, 2017
| UPDATED: 10:16, Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Jesus moved to Manchester earlier this month form Brazilian side Palmeiras for a fee of around £27million.
He agreed a move to Manchester City in the summer but remained in his homeland to help Palmeiras win the Brazilian league title.
The striker has agreed to wear the No 33 shirt as it was the reported the age Jesus Christ wore when he died, and could face Tottenham on Saturday.
Jesus turned down the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain to join City.
Jose Mourinho was keen to get one over on old foe Pep Guardiola by landing the promising 19-year-old.
Manchester City have officially confirmed the signing of Gabriel Jesus
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Gabriel Jesus stayed at Manchester City to win the Brazilian league title
However, Jesus has revealed City’s recent success coupled with the prospect of playing under Guardiola convinced him to head to the blue side of Manchester.
"I want to win titles and Manchester City is a club that is used to winning,” he told the club’s official website.
"City is a Club that always competes for the title in the competitions it enters, so that was an important factor, and because of the manager, Guardiola, and the squad."
City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain has lauded the club’s latest signing.
Gabriel Jesus is relishing the prospect of playing under Pep Guardiola
“Gabriel is a technically gifted player who was chased by some of Europe’s biggest clubs and we are delighted he decided to join City," he said.
"He has the potential to become one of the best attacking players in the game and we look forward to watching him develop further here in Manchester.
"I think with Pep Guardiola as manager and the squad we already have here, Jesus has the perfect platform to reach his full potential.”
Jesus will now tussle with fellow strikers Sergio Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho for a place in Guardiola’s starting XI.
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