Revealed: Joao Cancelo told Man City career is over
Joao Cancelo has been told his Man City career is over following his high-profile fall-out with manager Pep Guardiola, sources have told Football Insider.
It is believed Guardiola wants the 29-year-old gone for good – and the defender has been informed there is no way back for him at the Etihad Stadium despite the conclusion of his Bayern Munich loan spell.
Cancelo started the 2022-23 campaign as a regular starter for Man City – but fell out of favour following his dismal showing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
He was subsequently sent out on loan to Bayern Munich for the remainder of the season following a widely-reported bust-up with Guardiola.
The Times recently quoted (9 June) one staff member who claimed Cancelo “acted like a child” when dropped – with the Man City boss eventually telling director of football Txiki Begiristain that Cancelo “had to go”.
The report claims Barcelona and Real Madrid made offers for the full-back, who eventually joined Bayern Munich on a loan basis until the end of the season.
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Cancelo could make his move to the German giants permanent through a reported £61.5million option to buy – but it is believed Bayern are not intending to keep him at the club.
He made 21 appearances for the Bundesliga champions, notching one goal and six assists.
The Portugal international will also receive a Premier League medal, having made 17 appearances for Man City in the top flight in the first half of the 2022-23 campaign.
Cancelo, who is under contract at Man City until June 2027, has won three league titles and two League Cups since joining the club in 2019.
Guardiola’s side can complete a historic treble on Saturday night (10 June) if they beat Inter Milan in the Champions League final.
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