Cancelo criticises Manchester City and Guardiola

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Joao Cancelo expressing his frustrations with Manchester City and Guardiola in an interview.
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Cancelo has criticised Manchester City and Guardiola, saying that the club has been ungrateful to him and that Guardiola has made up false news about him.

João Cancelo moved to Manchester City in 2019 from Juventus. In three and a half seasons with the Citizens, he has become one of the best defender in the world. Cancelo was loaned to Bayern Munich at the beginning of last year. After falling out with manager Pep Guardiola. He returned to the team after six months with the Bavarian club. He was then loaned back to Barcelona.

In an interview with A Bola. João Cancelo spoke about his relationship with Guardiola, emphasising that he was committed to the team and his teammates.

“I think Manchester City were a bit ungrateful to me when they told me that, because I was a very important player in the years I was there,” Cancelo said about his departure.

“I never failed in my commitment to the club, to the fans, and I always gave everything. I remember a time when I was mugged and attacked, and the next day I was playing at the Emirates against Arsenal.

“These are things that are not forgotten. I left my wife and daughter alone at home, terrified. People will only remember this because Mr. Guardiola has much more strength than me when he says something, and I prefer to keep it to myself,” Cancelo added, in a nod to public criticism from the manager.

Cancelo denied statements made by Guardiola. That Cancelo was unhappy with the performance of his former teammates Rico Luis and Nathan Ake.

“Lies were told,” he insisted. “I’ve never been a bad colleague to them, and you can ask Ake or Rico. I don’t have any superiority or inferiority complex towards them, but that’s the coach’s opinion.”

The Portuguese star also spoke about his admiration for his current team Barcelona. And that he is happy with his time at the club.

“My whole family is Benfica, but I’ve always admired Barcelona. All my idols played here, I like the way they view the youngsters, [and] they have a game culture that I love,” he said.

“Then I went there, I took a pay cut, and that doesn’t bother me in the least. It was the third time I was about to come to Barcelona and I’m finally here.”

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