Finally, the official announcement came out. Manchester City side defender Joao Cancelo (28), who is known to have fought with manager Pep Guardiola (52, Spain), is heading to Germany’s prestigious club Bayern Munich.
On the 31st, Bayern Munich officially announced on the club’s website that it had acquired Portuguese defender João Cancelo, who played for Manchester City, on loan. Manchester City club also announced the fact that Cancelu is renting to Munich.
“Bayern Munich is a great team and one of the best clubs in the world. Playing with such great teammates is a huge motivator for me,” Cancelo said through the Munich club.
He continued, “I know that Munich challenges and wins titles every season. I am also hungry for success. I will do my best for Munich.”
It was reported as a contract with a full transfer option. Earlier, reporter Fabrizio Romano, who was familiar with the European football transfer market, explained, “Bayern Munich and Man City have agreed on the loan transfer of Cancelo for the remainder of the season. A complete transfer option of 70 million euros (approximately 93.8 billion won) is included.”
Cancelo joined Benfica (Portugal) in July 2014 and was loaned to Valencia (Spain) in August of that year. Having completely transferred to Valencia 스포츠토토 in the summer of 2015, he left on loan to Inter Milan (Italy) in August 2017.
Then, wearing a Juventus uniform in the summer of 2018, he played only one season, and then hit the ground with Manchester City from August 2019. His original position was right fullback. However, after repositioning to the left he developed into a world-class fullback. He played for the Portuguese national team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
He seemed to have the deep trust of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. In his last season, he started 36 of 38 English Premier League (EPL) matches.
It can be seen that it is very unusual for Cancelo to leave for Munich in the middle of the season. Reports of discord with the director are believed to be the cause.
The Daily Mail, a British media outlet, said, “It is said that he was furious when he heard that Cancelo was excluded from the starting list for the FA Cup round of 32 against Arsenal. deteriorated,” he said.
After the World Cup in Qatar, Coach Guardiola is ignoring Cancelo and instead using rookie fullback Rico Luis (19).
In this situation, Cancelo wanted a loan transfer, and Manchester City also allowed it. Anyway, leaving a player who is dissatisfied with the manager will not have a positive effect on the team atmosphere. In the end, the deal was dramatically concluded ahead of the transfer window deadline.
In the future, unless Guardiola dramatically embraces Cancelo, it seems difficult for him to return to Manchester City. Cancelo, who had virtually ended his Manchester City career, happily took on a new challenge on the German stage.