The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forwards tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuasion 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 captains in January, given the opportunity to become one of the best forwards in the world but what establishes him stand out even more is his desire to also help out defensively.

It is not a idiosyncrasy he shares with too many forwards but then they may not get a rollocking from their baby if they do not help out at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its genuine that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he says 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 are worth praise. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really maintenances. She ever tells me the truth and her seriousnes helps me a lot.

Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and hugely positive proximity in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise conceiving his upbringing. The participates parent died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother conjured 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 participate grows up faster than other people, he says. 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 fill 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 being late. I had to do the sparkler bathtub, he explains.

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

And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then represented his debut for the senior unit, tallying two destinations in a 3-0 away win against Ecuador. And he is still a teen. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a love: When I insure Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a phenomenal wander 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 pitchings of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike numerous staggering endowments these days, he did not meet a upper side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his job was very much determined by street football.

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His childhood neighbourhood is always on his psyche and on his skin. On his forearm there is a tattoo indicating 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 sidekick Neymar has.

I have always enjoyed working on and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as moving forward. From an early age, in my vrzea days[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the managers I had. I am the same today. After all, it is essential to register the tone knowing what I have to do to help the team.

He no longer lives in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit pals. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive gondola. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a nice gondola in the neighborhood where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be pitch-black in local 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 offer him adaptation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from schooling, 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 says. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on Tv, performance video games and so on. I exactly love football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football just summing-up up my life.

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

It was a involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn triumphed, Gabriel Jesus says. The presence of Guardiola as a manager 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 realized me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already reached me feel very safe about his job there.

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

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

I believe I will fight for a lieu as a winger in the team, he says. I actually opt playing as a left-winger rather than a striker, but I precisely want to be very clear that Im willing to play in either place. I am often prepared to give up a position high on the tone and help out defensively because some good brand and tackling can result in a point 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 covering the pavement of his street in dark-green and yellowish as a fan. Today he is one of the reference points in attempt for sorority and country. Palmeiras are objection for the title, they trounce 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, immortality, alleluia, is Gabriel Jesus is the song that all love sing( even if it riles his mother, who is a very religious person ).

But even if he lends the Brazilian entitlement to his Olympic medal, he will not get too carried away. I try to manage my the advances in a down-to-earth mode, he says. Some players acquire a accolade and think that they are on top of the world. I dont let it go to my heading. Parties idolise me for triumphing the Olympics but I keep saying: It is just a medal.

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

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