‘It is a lie!’ – Joao Cancelo addresses Pep Guardiola spat rumours after shock Manchester Metropolis exit
Joao Cancelo has set the file straight after hypothesis that he left Manchester Metropolis (opens in new tab) attributable to a serious falling out with Pep Guardiola.
In arguably essentially the most eyebrow-raising transfer of the January switch window, the Portugal full-back joined Bayern Munich (opens in new tab) on mortgage for the remainder of the season. Regardless of just lately shedding his place within the Metropolis beginning 11, he had made extra appearances than every other defender within the squad as much as that time.
Cancelo fell out of favour following final month’s derby defeat to Manchester United (opens in new tab), spending the following three matches as an unused substitute – and that, coupled along with his deadline-day departure, sparked rumours that he and Guardiola had clashed over his lack of game-time.
However the rumours have been simply that, it has since emerged. In an interview with Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo (quotes through Manchester Night Information), Cancelo tried to place the hypothesis to mattress as soon as and for all. He stated (opens in new tab):
“It’s a lie that I had a combat with Guardiola, a whole lie. I didn’t really feel vital to the workforce in current video games. I spoke to the coach and he agreed. I, the coach and membership determined I needed to go away, that it was the the best choice for me.
“I like new alternatives and don’t have anything in opposition to Manchester Metropolis; I took the step to achieve the extent I needed to. I turned the participant I’m and I’m very grateful to Pep and the membership: they gave the whole lot to me and my household and I’ll always remember it.”
Cancelo has made 4 appearances for Bayern thus far, beginning as they beat PSG (opens in new tab) 1-0 within the first leg of their Champions League final 16 tie on Tuesday night time.