João Cancelo, the reason for the shocking departure!
Arriving from Manchester City in August 2019 for 65 million euros, João Cancelo will find his fifth championship after Portugal (Benfica), Spain (Valencia), Italy (Juventus Turin, Inter Milan) and England. On loan from the Mancunian formation, with a purchase option estimated at 70 million euros, the Portugal international (41 caps, 7 goals) will come to strengthen Bayern Munich’s backline. Amazing shot made by the Bavarian council. Bad news for Paris Saint-Germain. A much more questionable transfer to Manchester…
João Cancelo and Pep Guardiola, a complicated relationship!
Considered by many observers to be one of the best right-backs in the world, the Barreiro-born player will indeed strengthen a direct competitor on the European scene by bringing all his know-how elsewhere. As well as his undeniable contribution on the right, the Portuguese also has excellent guarantees in midfield, not to mention his ability to develop in the left lane. That versatility can largely explain the choice of the Munich leaders, which was more so at a time when Benjamin Pavard was out of form and Noussair Mazraoui was ruled out for several weeks.
The rookie of choice before facing Paris Saint-Germain in the knockout stages of the Champions League, Bayern Munich, have often been opportunistic in the transfer market, mainly benefiting from a certain situation between João Cancelo and the Sky Blues. Relegated to the bench for three games (Tottenham, Wolverhampton in the Premier League and Arsenal in the FA Cup), the man who saw his contract run until June 2027 at the Etihad Stadium side no longer has to reek of sanctity in a formation led by Pep Guardiola. that Daily mail determined, in this case, that there would be an altercation on the training ground. Players will react angrily upon learning that he will not start against Arsenal and will threaten to leave. Fresh relations with the Spanish tactician eventually prompted the Mancunian board to accept a departure in Bavaria.
If group cohesion and relationships seem to take precedence over purely sporting considerations in this case, João Cancelo’s sudden departure can also be explained by specific elements on the pitch. With that said and given the emergence of Rico Lewis and Nathan Ake’s performances in this position, the Portuguese defender is no longer an undisputed starter. Sometimes criticized, especially for his defensive performances, the man who has scored two goals and five assists in 26 games in all competitions since the start of the season has also earned praise. “less bite” appreciated by the coach.
Already confined to a substitute role with Portugal during the latter stages of the last World Cup, despite three spells as a chicken, João Cancelo went through a more difficult period in his career. Found just three times by Pep Guardiola in 10 games in all competitions since returning from Qatar, the Barreiro native has been tempted by the Bavarian project, in which he hopes to find game time to match his talents. . “I haven’t had much game time in the last few weeks, which influenced my decision. It has nothing to do with my relationship with Pep. I really want to start this new adventure at a club with a great history, it’s a dream for me.Cancelo explained however on Tuesday, during his official presentation to the press.
‘He’s not the only player to go to new pastures after falling out of favor – Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane have gone down this path before – but it’s rarely out of the blue’as acknowledged by journalist Ron Walker on the antenna Sky Sports. Frustrated, João Cancelo is poised, no matter what, to find the Bundesliga game and looks to have the perfect profile to lead Bayern Munich down a new path. A born competitor, the 28-year-old right-back could even have an immediate chance to get revenge on Pep Guardiola and his former team-mates. Indeed, in terms of qualification against PSG and a favorable draw, the Portuguese will find Manchester City in the final stages of the Champions League. While waiting for this possible reunion, reigning champions England will be able to count on a very rich and experienced workforce, especially in defense (John Stones, Sergio Gomez Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte or Manuel Akanji).