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Joao Cancelo accuses Pep Guardiola of telling ‘lies’ in extraordinary assault on Man Metropolis


Joao Cancelo has accused Manchester Metropolis and their supervisor Pep Guardiola of telling “lies” about his exit from the membership.

The Portugal worldwide was an vital inventive affect for the Cityzens and helped them win two Premier League titles earlier than departing on mortgage for Bayern Munich halfway by means of the 2022/23 season.

At present having fun with an analogous transfer to Barcelona, Cancelo rejected claims suggesting he turned sad on the Etihad Stadium after being dropped from Guardiola’s beginning XI.

He sensationally instructed A Bola: “Lies have been instructed! I’ve by no means been a nasty teammate for them and you’ll ask both [Nathan] Ake or Rico [Lewis]. I haven’t got any superiority or inferiority advanced in direction of them, however that is the supervisor’s opinion.

“I stayed as a result of it isn’t true. I believe Man Metropolis have been a bit ungrateful to me once they mentioned that, as a result of I used to be a vital participant within the years I used to be there.

“I by no means failed in my dedication to the membership, to the followers and I at all times gave every little thing. I bear in mind a time after I was robbed and attacked and the subsequent day I used to be enjoying on the Emirates in opposition to Arsenal.

Joao Cancelo

Cancelo is at the moment on mortgage at Barcelona / Alex Caparros/GettyImages

“These are issues you do not overlook, I left my spouse and daughter alone at house, terrified. Individuals will solely bear in mind this as a result of Mr Guardiola has way more energy than me when he says one thing and I choose to maintain to myself.”

Cancelo made 154 appearances in complete for Metropolis after signing from Juventus in 2019 however his departure final season meant he missed out on their treble-winning finish to the marketing campaign.

He added: “Sure issues dictated that I used to be loaned final yr to Bayern Munich. I’ve no regrets, even when Metropolis received the Champions League. I really feel like I made the fitting alternative, that I went to a membership that basically needed me, even earlier than renewing my contract. It was a membership that gave me so much within the six months I used to be there.”

There have been rumours of Barca being hopeful of decreasing Man Metropolis’s asking worth for Cancelo however whether or not this shocking tirade aids his try to seal a everlasting switch stays to be seen.

Barca’s sole hope of silverware within the the rest of 2023/24 is the Champions League, with Xavi’s aspect set to conflict with Paris Saint-Germain within the quarter-finals.