Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on March 16, 2024 in Manchester, England.

‘Manchester City were ungrateful to me’: Defender clarifies ‘lies’ about acrimonious exit

Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo, who is currently on loan at Barcelona, has opened up about the events that caused his acrimonious departure to Bayern Munich last January.

At the time, reports emerged suggesting that Pep Guardiola didn’t take kindly to Cancelo’s reaction to being dropped for Premier League victories against Tottenham and Wolves in January 2023, which eventually culminated in his initial departure last term. 

Cancelo has since provided his version of events, though, suggesting that reports about Guardiola being unhappy with his reaction to being dropped last season were “lies”.

Joao Cancelo in action for Manchester City against Brentford in November 2022.

Cancelo has responded to reports suggesting he reacted badly to being benched (Image credit: Getty Images)

The 29-year-old told Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola: “Lies were told,” Cancelo told Portuguese newspaper A Bola. Lies were told! I’ve never been a bad team-mate for them and you can ask either [Nathan] Ake or Rico [Lewis]. I don’t have any superiority or inferiority complex towards them, but that’s the manager’s opinion.



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