Man City striker Gabriel Jesus signed a new five-year contract extension yesterday, that will see him remain at the Etihad until 2023. The talented Brazilian emerged as one of the Premier League’s brightest prospects last season, and is widely regarded to be the future of Man City’s senior team. But what does this tell us about City’s future ambitions?
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side ran away with the Premier League title last season, dominating team’s with their unique brand of attacking football. Under the guidance of the seasoned Spaniard, City are once again favourites to claim the title; however, in the long term, Pep will be judged not only for his tactics, but for his overall influence on the club.
City’s deep pockets have allowed Pep to build both a ready made title-winning squad and prepare for the future at the same time. The former Barcelona man has spent big on the likes of Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, John Stones, Ederson, Aymeric Laporte, and of course Gabriel Jesus, giving City fans plenty of reasons to be optimistic for years to come.
The challenge that Pep faces in 2018/19 is managing game time for his new flock of young players – something he did fantastically well last season, and eventually tying them up to long-term contracts. In signing Gabriel Jesus to a five-year deal, City appear to have already began this process, which sends a clear statement to the other ‘Big Six’ clubs. The Citizens are here to stay.
“I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me,” said Jesus.
“I can say that it was the best decision I’ve made in my life to come to Manchester City because whilst I’m here I’m improving as a professional and as a person.
“Also thanks to the Club for being so organised and focused since I arrived. Pep had an important role in my signing, but also the club.
“City is a huge club and it is getting bigger and bigger so I just want to say thanks for everything. I hope that I can keep making the fans happy.”