Gabriel Jesus: Manchester City striker signs contract extension until 2023

  • Gabriel Jesus: Manchester City striker signs contract extension until 2023

Gabriel Jesus: Manchester City striker signs contract extension until 2023

When asked at a press conference ahead of the Community Shield on Sunday if Chelsea "stole" Jorginho from City, the Spaniard replied: "So... yes, we were close". Now from Monday we'll be all together.

The manager has confirmed his record £60 million ($78 million) signing is in contention to start the match after he was forced off during last weekend's final match of the USA pre-season tour against Bayern Munich.

Guardiola wanted a replacement for Yaya Toure, allowed to leave on a free transfer at the end of last season, with Napoli's Jorginho identified as a top target.

Manchester City have been given a boost with the news that striker Gabriel Jesus has signed a five-year contract until 2023. I can say that it was the best decision I've made in my life to come to Manchester City because whilst I'm here I'm improving as a professional and as a person.

Jesus is one of a number of players back in the City reckoning after the World Cup, with Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling the only squad members yet to return to the fold.

However, Italy worldwide Jorginho followed Maurizio Sarri to Sunday's Community Shield opponents Chelsea, and Guardiola is ready to give a chance to 20-year-old Brazilian Luiz, who joined from Vasco da Gama in a £10 million move last summer.

"Yes, we were close, but in the end Jorginho chose to stay with Sarri", Guardiola said.

"I don't have an answer, I'll try to do what I did in Barca and Bayern, to be harder with my players".

The Brazilian, 21, scored 13 times last season as City won the Premier League title. And in other competitions, the FA Cup and Champions League always we can do better. Brian McClair, who played for United from 1987 to 1998, told BBC World Service Sport: "You should, at some point, look as though you are enjoying it. Jose maybe enjoys himself internally but from a football point of view, the Manchester United fans would very much welcome to see him smiling and laughing at appropriate times".

"We thought it [Jorginho] was done, but at the last turn, he chose to go to Chelsea".