The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward 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 baby 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, given the opportunity to become one of best available sends in the world but what stimulates him stand out even more is his desire to also help out defensively.

It is not a trait he shares with too many forwards but then they are not able to get a rollocking from their baby if they do not is to assist 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 challenges 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 attentions. She always tells me the truth and her candour facilitates me a lot.

Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and immensely positive presence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise pondering his upbringing. The players parent were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother grew him and his three brethren on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of money around. A football actor grows up faster than other parties, he says. I grew up very quickly because of the difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.

Gabriel Jesus is a really mature 19 -year-old. We match at Academia de futebol, Palmeirass training centre and he is respectful 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 ice bath, he explains.

It has been a tumultuous 18 months for the man 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 tallying 37 purposes in 22 recreations in the Paulista Under-1 7 race and at the end of the season he was referred best available beginner of the Brasileiro .

And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then constituted his debut for the elderly squad, tallying two aims in a 3-0 away prevail against Ecuador. And he is still a teenager. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a follower: When I watch Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a fantastic wander 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 prodigious abilities these days, he did not connect a top side Palmeiras until persons under the age of 15 so his career was very much determined by street football.

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His childhood neighbourhood is always on his thought and on his scalp. On his forearm there is a tattoo evidencing 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 pal Neymar has.

I have always experienced working on and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as going forward. From an early age, in my vrzea daylights[ 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 essential to participate the pitching knowing what I have to do to help the team.

He no longer lives in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit sidekicks. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive gondola. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a nice auto in the region where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be 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 fraternity did not offer him adaptation, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from practise, 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 always been football and that merely, he says. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on Tv, play-act video games and so on. I precisely adore football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football just summarize 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 introduce him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off tournament from Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain partly because of telephone calls from their new manager.

It was a involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn acquired, Gabriel Jesus says. The existence of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the fact that it is a great sorority were very important factors in my final decision. 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 attained me feel very safe about his assignment there.

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

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

I suppose I will fight for a place as a winger in the team, he says. I actually wish playing as a left-winger rather than a striker, but I exactly want to be very clear that Im willing to play in either outlook. I am often prepared to give up a position high on the slope and help out defensively because some good commemorate and tackling can cause a objective for my unit in the end. Id like to think that Im a versatile player.

Only two years ago, during the World Cup, Gabriel Jesus was coating the sidewalk of his street in dark-green and yellowish as a devotee. Today he is one of the reference points in criticize for organization and country. Palmeiras are objection for the claim, they overpower Corinthians 2-0 at the weekend to remain top, and Gabriel Jesus desperately wants to leave for Manchester City having won the tournament. At Verdo he is an undisputed idol Glory, glorification, alleluia, is Gabriel Jesus is the song that everything followers sing( even if it irritates his mother, who is a very religious person ).

But even if he lends 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 fashion, he says. Some participates win a award and think that they are on top of the world. I dont let it go to my manager. People idolise me for triumphing the Olympics but I prevent saying: It is just a medal.

Arguably the biggest challenge lies ahead forcing his road into Citys starting XI. All this change does not “re scared” at all, he says. My life has always been full of challenges. Clearly this is a bigger one, but best available combats are given to the best fighters. I will listen to the managers opinion and his advice in order to improve and adapt as fast as I maybe can.

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