Manchester City fans are eagerly anticipating the arrival of Gabriel Jesus in January.
The Palmeiras striker will move to England early next year after City completed his £27 million signing in the summer.
There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the 19-year-old Brazilian, who has become a star for the Brazilian national team with five goals and three assists in six games for the Selecao.
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Pep Guardiola moved to lower the expectation on Jesus upon his City move when he spoke to the media ahead of Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.
"We cannot forget he is 19 years old,” Guardiola said, via City’s website. “We are delighted he is coming in January. He will try to help us.
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“At 19 is not easy but we have two of the nicest people I have met in my career, Fernando and Fernandinho, and they will help him."
But when you’ve drawn comparisons with Neymar, it’s hard not to get excited. He was on the scoresheet for Palmeiras once again last night as the Brazilian outfit drew 1-1 with Atletico Mineiro.
Jesus clashed with Mineiro’s Leandro Donizete
Guardiola will have been delighted to see Jesus grab a goal, but he will have been concerned by the teenager’s involvement in an mid-game scuffle.
The City-bound star had to be held back from going after Mineiro’s Leandro Donizete as the pair clashed earlier in the match. After the game, Jesus claimed he had been struck in the face by his opponent.
Watch the incident below.
The first time he came near me in the game, he hit me in the face," Jesus said, via the Mirror.
“I didn't get the chance to tell him not to do that. After that, I went to break up a tangle and he did it again.
"I told him it was not a very manly thing to do, and that he was an a**hole.
"Sorry for swearing, but hitting someone in the face? No one likes that. I told him it was unnecessary.
"I don't want to judge him, but I'm 19 years old and he's the one behaving like a child.”
It must be said that having a nasty side, and a willingness to defend himself, will serve Jesus well in the Premier League.
Brazil's No. 9
Speaking on his rise to becoming Brazil’s No. 9, where he plays between Neymar and Philippe Coutinho, Jesus put it down to hard work.
“To be really honest, I didn't imagine this could happen,” he said, via the Daily Mail. “I know that by working hard, things flow, you'll get opportunities. It's working hard, forgetting about off-the-field stuff, focusing on the game always.
"I've been working tight-lipped, quietly, wanting to help my team-mates and Brazil. When it comes to Brazil there are so many quality players who could wear the No. 9. I'm so proud to have this opportunity to wear such a sacred shirt."
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