The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuasion him to connect 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 leaders in January, has the potential to become one of best available forwards in the world but what sees him stand out even more is his desire to too help out defensively.

It is not a attribute he shares with too many sends but then they are not able to get a rollocking from their father 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 replies in his first interview with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she requires a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something worthy of kudo. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really maintenances. She always tells me the truth and her candour facilitates me a lot.

Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and staggeringly positive existence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no amaze considering his upbringing. The musicians papa were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother parent him and his three brethren on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of fund around. A football player grows up faster than other beings, he reads. 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 match 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 interrogation. He starts by apologising for running late. I had to do the frost bathroom, he explains.

It has been a stormy 18 months for “the mens” from Jardim Peri, a humble vicinity on the outskirts 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 points in 22 games in the Paulista Under-1 7 contender and at the end of the season he was reputation the best newcomer of the Brasileiro .

And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then drew his debut for the elderly team, scoring two destinations in a 3-0 away win against Ecuador. And he is still a teenager. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a devotee: When I visualize Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a phenomenal expedition onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.

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

Gabriel Jesus: knowledge, maneuvers and aims.

His childhood neighbourhood is always on his recollection and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo testifying a son with a ball in his hands looking at a favela in front of him, dreaming of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his acquaintance Neymar has.

I have always enjoyed working hard and thats why I try to give my best tactically as well as move forward. From an early age, in my vrzea daytimes[ 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 essential to enroll the tar knowing what I have to do to help the team.

He no longer was living in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit sidekicks. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive car. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a neat car in the vicinity 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 remain 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, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from qualify, 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 simply, he suggests. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on Tv, play-act video games and so on. I only adore football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football merely summing-up up my life.

His discipline is remarkable for the purposes of the a young age, and this is probably one of the matters that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was hopeless to fetch him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off race 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 prevailed, Gabriel Jesus says. The existence of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the fact that it is a great fraternity were very important factors in my final judgment. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It represented me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already became me feel very safe about his campaign there.

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Gabriel Jesus, celebrating here after scoring for Palmeiras against Figueirense in June, be available to win the Brazilian claim before coming to Manchester. Photo: Brazil Photo Press/ CON/ LatinContent/ Getty Images

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

I thoughts I will fight for a neighbourhood as a winger in the team, he supposes. I actually prefer playing as a left-winger rather than a striker, but I just want to be very clear that Im willing to play in either situation. I am often prepared to give up a position high on the tone and help out defensively because some good label and attacking can cause a point for my squad in the end. Id like to think that Im a versatile player.

Only two years ago, during the World Cup, Gabriel Jesus was decorating the pavement of his street in green and yellow as a devotee. Today he is one of the reference points in assault for fraternity and country. Palmeiras are challenging for the title, they beat Corinthians 2-0 at the weekend to bide top, and Gabriel Jesus urgently wants to leave for Manchester City having won the tournament. At Verdo he is an undisputed idol Glory, splendor, alleluia, is Gabriel Jesus is the sung that everything fans sing( even if it irritates his mother, who is a very religious person ).

But even if he adds the Brazilian deed to his Olympic medal, he will not get too carried away. I try to manage my the advances in a down-to-earth way, he says. Some musicians prevail a trophy and think that they are on top of “the worlds”. I dont let it go to my foreman. People idolise me for prevailing the Olympics but I save speaking: It is just a medal.

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

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