Gabriel Jesus has returned home to Brazil after his first visit to Manchester, where he met his next coach, Pep Guardiola, explored Manchester, and witnessed City vs. Chelsea at the Etihad.
And the 19-year-old has been speaking to FOX Sports in Brazil about his first meetings with Guardiola. He was accompanied by Brazilian duo Fernandinho and Fernando to dinner with Pep, and was positively impressed, saying, “He seemed like a great person. Everyone knows his coaching quality, but the character is more important.”
Brazil’s latest number nine added, “Our first meeting was good. He’s a technician who likes Brazilians. He gave me a plan. Since he first called me, our contact has been very good.”
Guardiola joked recently when asked about Jesus drinking a Coca-Cola during their meeting, saying his players can have it sometimes, but not too much. Gabriel Jesus also found the topic amusing, smiling as he said, “Guardiola gave me a hard time, saying I can’t drink Coke. I don’t even like it!”
Pep is known to not like his players drinking soda and even had discussions with Lionel Messi about it during his time in charge at Barcelona.
Gabriel Jesus said that he’ll be taking his mother, brother and two friends who have supported him since childhood over to Manchester with him, which will help him settle in his new home. In addition to those important people supporting him, Jesus said, “It’s an opportunity for them to study, grow up and learn a lot of things there.”
The skillful Brazilian did admit he was startled by how cold it was on his first trip to England, something he is going to have to get used to.
Gabriel Jesus, who is expected to take the number 33 shirt, will enjoy a short break soon before joining up with the Manchester City squad in January.