The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuaded him to meet 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 commanders in January, has the potential to become one of the best forwards in the world but what becomes him stand out even more is his desire to also 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 mother 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 says in his first interrogation with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she asks a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something worthy of adoration. I am really happy to have a mum like that, that actually charges. She always tells me the truth and her honesty helps me a lot.

Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and enormously positive presence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise pondering his upbringing. The actors papa died 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 musician 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 really mature 19 -year-old. We gratify 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 ice bathtub, he explains.

It has been a hectic 18 months for “the mens” from Jardim Peri, a humble region on the outskirts 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 scoring 37 points in 22 activities in the Paulista Under-1 7 competitor and at the end of the season he was appointed best available newcomer of the Brasileiro .

And that was just the beginning. This summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then obligated his debut for the senior team, tallying two aims 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 follower: When I visualize Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a awesome wander onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.

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

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His childhood neighbourhood is always on his head and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo demonstrating a boy 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 good tactically as well as moving 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 managers I had. I am the same today. After all, it is essential to recruit 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 acquaintances. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive car. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a nice vehicle 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 club did not offer him accommodation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from teach, 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, participate video games and so on. I precisely enjoy 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 raise him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off contender 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 triumphed, Gabriel Jesus says. The spirit of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the facts of the case 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 drew me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already stimulated me feel very safe about his projection there.

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Gabriel Jesus, celebrating here after scoring for Palmeiras against Figueirense in June, hopes to triumph the Brazilian entitlement before coming to Manchester. Picture: 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 posts. For Palmeiras Gabriel Jesus played broad on the left before Cuca, the manager, moved him into the centre with good results: 11 purposes in 18 league games.

I reckon I will fight for a lieu as a winger in the team, he says. 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 posture. I am often prepared to give up a position high on the tar and is to assist defensively because some good marker and attacking can cause a point for my crew in the end. Id like to think that Im a versatile player.

Only two years ago, during the World cup finals, Gabriel Jesus was painting the sidewalk of his street in green and yellow-bellied as a devotee. Today he is one of the reference points in onslaught for golf-club and country. Palmeiras are objection for the entitle, they vanquish Corinthians 2-0 at the weekend to stay top, and Gabriel Jesus urgently wants to leave for Manchester City having won the league. At Verdo he is an undisputed idol Glory, majesty, alleluia, is Gabriel Jesus is the song that all fans sing( even if it annoys his mother, who is a very religious person ).

But even if he contributes 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 pattern, he says. Some players 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 winning the Olympics but I preserve 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. Certainly this is a bigger one, but the best combats are given to the best warriors. I will listen to the managers ruling and his advice in order to improve and adapt as fast as I possibly can.

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