The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that reassured him to assemble Manchester City and that his mum is never pleased with him unless he facilitates 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 managers in January, has the potential to become one of the best sends in the world but what establishes him stand out even more is his are looking forward to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a mannerism he shares with too many forwards but then they are not able to get a rollocking from their mom if they do not help out at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true-blue that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he replies in his first interrogation with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she demands 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 cautions. She always tells me the truth and her seriousnes facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and immensely positive spirit in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no astonish considering his upbringing. The musicians father passed away when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother invoked him and his three friends on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of coin around. A football player grows up faster than other parties, he adds. I grew up very quickly because of the difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a very mature 19 -year-old. We fulfill 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 running late. I had to do the frost soap, he explains.
It has been a stormy 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble neighborhood on the suburbs of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , simply a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after tallying 37 points in 22 competitions in the Paulista Under-1 7 race and at the end of the season he was identified the best beginner of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then represented his debut for the elderly team, scoring two destinations in a 3-0 away triumph against Ecuador. And he is still a adolescent. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a devotee: When I realise Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a phenomenal travel onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur squad Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the pitches of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike numerous staggering genius these days, he did not join a top side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his career was very much shaped by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his intellect and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo indicating a son with a ball in his hands 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 coaches I had. I am the same today. After all, it is very important to register the pitching knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer lives in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit friends. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive automobile. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a neat automobile in the neighbourhood 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 render him adaptation, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from grooming, and that would have had a negative impact on his academy work.
Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life has traditionally been football and that exclusively, he supposes. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on Tv, play video games and so on. I only affection football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football merely 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 desperate to draw him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a 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 telephone calls from their new manager.
It was a complicated decision, but in the end my desire to learn won, Gabriel Jesus says. The presence of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the facts of the case that it is a great organization were very important factors in my final decision. 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 acquired me feel very safe about his projection there.