The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuaded him to assemble Manchester City and that his mum is never pleased with him unless he helps out defensively too

No one wants to be told off by their mom and Gabriel Jesus is no different. The Brazilian wonderkid, who signed for Manchester City in the summer for 27 m and will join the Premier League governors in January, has the potential to become one of best available forwards in the world but what realise him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.

It is not a peculiarity he shares with too many sends but then they are not able to get a rollocking from their mom if they do not is to assist at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true-blue that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he does in his first interview with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she necessitates a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something worthy of praise. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really attentions. She always tells me the truth and her sincerity helps me a lot.

Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and staggeringly positive presence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The musicians father died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother promoted him and his three friends on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of money around. A football musician grows up faster than other beings, he enunciates. I grew up very rapidly because of certain difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.

Gabriel Jesus is a really mature 19 -year-old. We converge at Academia de futebol, Palmeirass training centre and he is polite and humble. He does not wear sunglasses or headphones and does not play with his mobile during the course of its interrogation. He starts by apologising for being late. I had to do the sparkler tub, he explains.

It has been a hectic 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble region on the suburbs of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , exclusively a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after scoring 37 purposes in 22 plays in the Paulista Under-1 7 contender and at the end of the season he was named best available beginner of the Brasileiro .

And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then built his debut for the elderly team, tallying two points in a 3-0 away prevail against Ecuador. And he is still a adolescent. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a love: When I see Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a awesome expedition onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.

It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur team Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the tones of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many staggering endowments these days, he did not assemble a top side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his job was very much influenced by street football.

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His childhood neighbourhood is always on his mind and on his skin. On his forearm there is a tattoo testifying a boy with a ball in his hand looking at a favela in front of him, fantasy of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his friend Neymar has.

I have always enjoyed working on and thats why I try to give my best tactically as well as moves forward. From an early age, in my vrzea epoches[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the tutors I had. I am the same today. After all, it is most important to enroll the slope knowing what I have to do to help the team.

He no longer was living in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit acquaintances. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive auto. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a neat auto in the locality where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be black in our communities, he wrote on Instagram.

He stayed in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the organization did not furnish him accommodation, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from course, and that would have had a negative impact on his institution work.

Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life has always been football and that only, he enunciates. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on Tv, romp video games and so on. I simply desire football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football precisely summing-up up my life.

His discipline is surprising for the purposes of the a young age, and this is probably one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was frantic to introduce him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off rivalry from Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain partly because of a phone call from their new manager.

It was a involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn won, Gabriel Jesus says. The attendance of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the fact that it is a great society were very important factors in my final judgment. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It drew me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already built me feel very safe about his project there.

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Gabriel Jesus, celebrating here after tallying for Palmeiras against Figueirense in June, hopes to acquire the Brazilian designation before coming to Manchester. Image: Brazil Photo Press/ CON/ LatinContent/ Getty Images

Where will he play though? City are not exactly lacking in attacking knack with Sergio Agero, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Nolito, Kelechi Iheanacho, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy San and Jess Navas able to occupy the send orientations. For Palmeiras Gabriel Jesus played wide-eyed on the left before Cuca, the manager, moved him into the centre with good results: 11 objectives in 18 league games.

I conceive I will fight for a neighbourhood as a winger in the team, he pronounces. I actually favor playing as a left-winger rather than a striker, but I exactly want to be very clear that Im willing to play in either berth. I am often prepared to give up a position high on the tone and is to assist defensively because some good stigmatize and attacking can result in a aim for my squad in the end. Id like to think that Im a versatile player.

Only two years ago, during the course of its World cup finals, Gabriel Jesus was coating the sidewalk of his street in light-green and yellowed as a love. Today he is one of the reference points in criticize for sorority and country. Palmeiras are objection for the name, they pulsate Corinthians 2-0 at the weekend to remain top, and Gabriel Jesus urgently wants to leave for Manchester City having won the tournament. At Verdo he is an undisputed idol Glory, exaltation, alleluia, is Gabriel Jesus is the song that everything devotees sing( even if it irritates his mother, who is a very religious person ).

But even if he includes the Brazilian deed to his Olympic medal, he will not get too carried away. I try to manage my progress in a down-to-earth manner, he announces. Some actors win a accolade and think that they are on top of “the worlds”. I dont let it go to my thought. Parties idolise me for triumphing the Olympics but I prevent responding: It is just a medal.

Arguably the biggest challenge lies ahead forcing his direction into Citys starting XI. All this change does not scare me at all, he alleges. My life has always been full of challenges. Obviously this is a bigger one, but the best duels are given to the best warriors. I will listen to the managers sentiment and his advice in order to enhance and adapt as fast as I maybe can.

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