- Manchester City loaned Joao Cancelo to Bayern Munich
- He signs on for the remainder of the campaign with the option to sign on indefinitely for 70 million euros
- The arrival of Erling Haaland in Etihad nearly diminished him
Joao Cancelo, a fullback for Manchester City, has now been loaned to Bayern Munich.
The 28-year-old signs on for the remainder of the campaign with the option to sign on indefinitely for 70 million euros (£61.5 million) in the summer.
He said opening a new chapter of his football career in Bayern was exciting because they live for victory.
“Bayern is a great club, one of the best in the world. I know this team lives for titles, BBC reports.
He remarked that getting an opportunity to play at Bayern Munich gives him a chance to play alongside big names. The Portuguese player who played for Serie A Juventus and later Manchester City believes Bayern has the right motivation to make him a superstar.
“It’s enormous motivation for me to now play alongside these extraordinary players in a team. I’m also driven by the hunger for success. I’ll give my best for Bayern,” Cancelo said.
He was formerly considered one of City’s essential players because of his ability to move inside and act as a playmaker when City held the ball. Cancelo won two league titles and the EFL Cup with City manager Pep Guardiola.
He was selected for the PFA Premier League team of the year for the past two seasons due to his performances.
His diminished playing time coincided with the development of youngster Rico Lewis and Nathan Ake’s improved form and he had only started three games since the World Cup when he joined the German champions.
The past two games Cancelo played were losses to Southampton and Manchester United. Guardiola always made it clear that he won’t maintain a player who is dissatisfied, and Cancelo is dissatisfied with the amount of playing time he receives.
The harsh reality is that Cancelo is one of many who has not performed at the necessary levels during a season in which City has failed to find the consistency and effectiveness of recent seasons.
Further, the advent of Erling Haaland caused some tactical adjustments, and Cancelo is no longer the same force he once was.
This move carries some risk because there are concerns about the health of John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, and Ruben Dias.
However, Guardiola has guided City to four trophies in the last five years. By approving this move, he has demonstrated that he is courageous enough to make choices that he believes will offer the club the most significant opportunity for ongoing success.
Aware of all these dynamics, FC Bayern board responsible for sport Hasan Salihamidzic said the club like’s Cancelo’s style of play.
Salihamidzic said that with his aggressive style of play and dynamism, he is the best fit for Bayern’s system. He also fits with the team’s philosophy and experience, and the German Bundesliga club is hoping to get more victory with Cancello on board in the upcoming weeks and months.
Currently, Bayern leads Union Berlin in the Bundesliga by one point. Cancelo extended his contract at Etihad Stadium until 2027 by signing a new five-year deal with the Premier League champions in February 2022.
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