Joao Cancelo described reports he fell out with Pep Guardiola as a “lie” and said the Manchester City boss and the club “gave me everything”.
Portugal full-back Cancelo joined Bayern Munich on loan for the rest of the season in one of the more surprising moves of the January transfer window.
Cancelo had found himself out of the team at the Etihad Stadium and it was suggested he had a bust-up with Guardiola.
However, the former Juventus defender said he is grateful for what Guardiola has done for his career.
Speaking to Movistar after Bayern beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, Cancelo said: “People who say that I fought with Guardiola [it] is a lie.
“I didn’t feel important in the team in the last games. I spoke with the coach and he also agreed. And together with the club we decided that I had to leave, that it was the best for me.”
8 – Since the start of last season, João #Cancelo has been directly involved in eight goals in the Champions League (2 goals, 6 assists), more than any other defender in this time. Vitalizing. #DeadlineDay pic.twitter.com/CXTrOEj85M
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) January 31, 2023
Cancelo’s contract at City runs until June 2027 and he conceded it remains a possibility he will play for the club again in the future.
“I like the new opportunities, it’s not against City,” he added.
“I think that at City he has taken the step to the level he wanted to reach, that’s where I became the player I am today.
“I am grateful to both Pep and the club because they gave me everything. My daughter was born in Manchester and it’s a club I’ll never forget.
“And who knows, in football you never know and at the end of the year I can return.”
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