Jesus start at Manchester City evokes Messi for Guardiola

Pep Guardiola admits the impact of Gabriel Jesus has surprised him but expects the Brazilian to lead Manchester City's attack for years to come.

The 20 year-old has scored four goals in seven Premier League matches, with his hot streak halted after picking up a broken metatarsal against Bournemouth in February leading to more than two months on the sidelines.

On the pitch, things are proving much less relaxing for Guardiola, who will not win a trophy this season with City - his first barren year as a manager. Lionel Messi, for example, we took at 18, 19 years old and he scored 40 league goals in a year. Some players come here in the Premier League and the first season and the second season are hard and then - wow!

Still, Jesus is clearly regarded highly by his manager, who insisted age is not a big issue for a player of his quality. Sometimes we talk about needing more time and you have to give that time.

Jesus Navas is ready to snub a return home to Sevilla and sign a new one-year contract extension at Manchester City, according to Sam Lee of Goal.

"When we chose to buy Gabriel, Gabriel had a lot of "girlfriends" (suitors) to go (to), a lot of teams". "He just got off the phone and I thought to myself, 'All right, I'm just going to introduce myself.' So I did, and he's like 'Ohh, you made it, you made it!' He knew all about me, very classy, he asked me how long I'm here for and then we ran into each other again after that and then he got my cell number and was wishing me good luck texting me".

"And he chose to come with us".

"When you want a guy who is fast, you have to buy a player who is fast. I love that. He made a decision to come here and that's why I want to have him".

Walker is said to have fallen out with Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs in recent weeks, while Gaya is considered to be one of the most talented young fullbacks in Europe.

  • Julie Sanders