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Joao Cancelo fumes at Manchester City and Pep Guardiola treatment in bombshell interview



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Barcelona loanee Joao Cancelo has issued fresh claims against both Manchester City and Pep Guardiola in a new bombshell interview.

The 29-year-old sensationally quit the Etihad Stadium in January 2023 after a rumoured training ground bust-up, leaving Manchester City less than 12 months after signing a new long-term contract until 2027 at the club.

Cancelo completed an initial move to Bayern Munich for the remainder of the 2022/23 season, before signing for Barcelona on a season-long loan in September for the entirety of the current campaign.

The Portugal international moved to Manchester City from Juventus in 2019 as part of swap deal with Danilo, although the price tag of £60 million made Cancelo one of the most expensive defensive transfer’s in history.

Cancelo made 154 appearances and won two Premier League titles at the Etihad Stadium, and had started 23 games for Pep Guardiola’s side before dramatically moving to the Bundesliga mid-season.

The full-back has spent the current season at the Camp Nou, where the 29-year-old has made 32 appearances for Barcelona so far, including 24 La Liga showings and eight in the UEFA Champions League.

Cancelo is set to be subject to a permanent exit from Manchester City this summer, with Barcelona widely claimed to be planning to try and agree a deal for the Portuguese international ahead of the new campaign.

The defender spent pre-season with Guardiola’s first-team squad but wasn’t selected for any competitive matches prior to a Deadline Day switch to Catalonia.

Cancelo has further diminished any slim likelihood of a potential future return to Manchester City, slamming the club’s treatment in a bombshell interview with outlet A Bola, with quotes relayed by Fabrizio Romano.

“At City they were a bit ungrateful to talk about me like this, I’ve been an important player for them,” said Cancelo.

“There were fake stories about me at City. I’ve never been a bad teammate.

“I remember once I was robbed and assaulted at home and the next day I was playing at Emirates against Arsenal. These are things you don’t forget – I left my wife and daughter alone at home still scared, in shock, to play for City.

The defender also fumed at manager Guardiola, saying: “People remember this because Guardiola has much more strength than me when he says something. I prefer to know that I’m telling the truth. I never lied.

“I’ve never felt better than any other teammate, but it’s the manager’s opinion.”