By Noel Whelan

5th Nov, 2022 | 8:56am

Man City star Joao Cancelo could be set to agree big-money deal after Spanish news - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Joao Cancelo could be set to sign a bumper new Man City contract after he closed the door to a potential Real Madrid switch.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 28-year-old is “one of the best full-backs in the world” and would be deserving of a pay hike.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reported on 29 September that Real Madrid are targeting Cancelo as they look to bolster their defensive options.

However, the versatile full-back told the City Magazine (as quoted by the Manchester Evening News, 1 November) that he wants to stay at the Etihad Stadium for “many more years”.

Cancelo signed a five-year contract in January which saw his weekly wage rocket from £80,000 to £250,000 (as per FBRef).

He has contributed two goals and five assists across 19 appearances in all competitions this term.

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Whelan insisted it is “important” that City keep their youthful “nucleus” together as they look to challenge for titles over the coming years.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “He’s one of the best full-backs in the world, so it doesn’t surprise me that Real Madrid are sniffing around him.

“He covers everything you’d want from a full-back, and I’m not sure Man City would be able to go out and get a better player than him if he were to leave.

“If anyone deserves more money, it’s him. I’m sure Pep would love to keep him around.

“If that means a new contract, then give him a new contract. When you’ve got one of the best, you do it.

“It would just show the power Man City have if they could keep him under the noses of a club like Real Madrid.

“It’s important they keep this nucleus together now. It’s looking more youthful and they’re still building towards the next three or four seasons.”

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