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Gabriel Jesus signs new contract with Manchester City; will remain with club until 2023
- Updated: August 3, 2018
Manchester City’s star forward Gabriel Jesus will remain with the club for five more years after signing a contract extension earlier today. The 21-year-old signed for City from Brazilian outfit Palmeiras in January last year for £27m and had a fairly decent debut season, netting 17 times in all competitions.
Jesus showed so much promise he even managed to usurp Sergio Aguero from the starting XI in the latter stages of the Premier League campaign. His stellar displays in the City shirt also earned him a ticket to Russia with the Brazilian national team who were eventually eliminated by Belgium in the quarterfinals.
Jesus was close to agreeing a new long-term deal in April but decided to postpone negotiations until after the season was over. He has now penned a two-year extension much to the delight of the City fans.
'I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me,' Jesus announced after putting pen to paper.
'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,” he went on to add.
The 21-year-old is expected to play a major role for City in the upcoming campaign as they look to defend the title they won son convincingly last time around. With Sergio Aguero fully fit and raring to go, it remains to be seen what system Pep employs, especially considering they also need to find a way of fitting record-signing Riyad Mahrez into the system.