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03rd Aug 2018

Manchester City announce new Gabriel Jesus contract with brilliant video

The Brazilian has extended his stay at Manchester City for five more years, and the club have announced the signing with an inventive video

Reuben Pinder

He has extended his contract until 2023

Gabriel Jesus has renewed his contract with Manchester City, extending his stay at the club until 2023.

The Brazilian striker officially joined the club from Palmeiras in January 2017 and scored seven goals in his first six months as a City player. He build on that last season, racking up twenty goals while sharing the responsibility of leading the line with Sergio AgĂŒero, playing alongside the Argentine only on occasion.

City boss Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of the Brazilian, for his energy, link up play and finishing ability. He is perfectly suited to the style of football that Guardiola has instilled at City, so it should come as no surprise that City have secured his long term future at the Etihad.

The news of his new deal, as it must these days, came with an inventive announcement video. City tweeted from their official account a video of Jesus speaking to his mother, who is back home in Brazil, via FaceTime.

During the call she says that “This season is going to be amazing because you are the man!”

She also asks her son to send a kiss to Guardiola, the man in no small part responsible for Jesus’ rise to prominence.

Speaking about the news of his contract renewal, Jesus told ManCity.com: “I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me. 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.

“Also thanks to the Club for being so organised and focused since I arrived. Pep had an important role in my signing, but also the Club. City is a huge Club and it is getting bigger and bigger so I just want to say thanks for everything. I hope that I can keep making the fans happy.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Gabriel is undoubtedly one of the best young forwards in world football, so to have him commit his future to us is a huge boost.

“There’s so much variety in his game. I know how much Pep enjoys working with him and I am really looking forward to watching his development in the coming years.”

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