Pep Guardiola claims that he does not know what will happen with Joao Cancelo next season, after the defender completed a loan move to German giants Bayern Munich.
After returning from the World Cup, Joao Cancelo fell out of favour at Manchester City.
The emergence of young talent Rico Lewis, and an improvement in form for Nathan Ake saw the Portuguese defender’s game time limited.
On deadline-day, Cancelo completed his move away from the Etihad, joining Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on loan for the rest of the campaign.
Some reports suggested that Guardiola was unhappy with the player’s body language, and so, allowed him to leave the club on loan.
Speaking ahead of Manchester City’s Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Guardiola opened up on Cancelo’s move.
“First I wish him the very best in his 4 months.
“Next season I don’t know what happens,” he said. “An incredible figure in the last 2 leagues we won.
“After the World Cup, we make a pre-season and decided to play, in some patterns different. I like what I watch. I give more time to other players. His personality, mine, he loves to play. He trains the best, the situation he doesn’t play much.
“In the last years one of the players with more minutes. He needs to play to be happy, we decide to let him go to Munich.”
"He needs to play to be happy" ⚽
Pep Guardiola wishes João Cancelo the best at Bayern Munich 🤝 pic.twitter.com/1D4m9SOKoC
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) February 3, 2023
Guardiola continued: “If Bayern Munich want Joao it’s because he’s an exceptional player. I won’t say a bad word, his work ethic, passion, skills.
“Everyone knows it. It happens one or two days before the window. Always I’m pleased with the squad. Being not sure, it’s better to have the money in the bank and don’t be criticised to spend more.”
He provided an assist for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s opener, as Bayern defeated Mainz 4-o in the DFB Pokal.
Manchester City remain in second place in the Premier League table, five points behind leaders Arsenal.
Premier League betting sites have City priced at 5/4 to retain their league title.
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