Guardiola Plays Down Gabriel Jesus Imminent Arrival At City, Silent On Iheanacho Future

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Manager of Manchester City Pep Guardiola has played down expectations surrounding the arrival of forward Gabriel Jesus from Palmeiras in January.

The City boss explained that Jesus won’t be joining the team immediately due to exhaustion as he has played football on a stretch all year long, hence need time to rest.

Guardiola was however silent on the impact his coming will have on the chances of Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho getting regular games in the team.

“Palmeiras won the championship so he came here to see for the first time the CFA,” Guardiola said.

“Maybe he will see the game [against Chelsea on Saturday] and after he will go back to Brazil for holidays.

“This guy was almost three years no holidays. He went to the Olympic Games and won Gold medal and after he immediately played with Palmeiras.

“He will need time to rest – maybe two weeks, three weeks, one month, I don’t know, we are going to see.

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“It is just to start a little bit of contact, where he is going to live, where he is going to work, that’s all.”