Gabriel Jesus, the Manchester City attacker, has refused to commit his future to the club beyond the current season.
According to sources close to the matter, City will attempt to sell Gabriel Jesus this summer if he does not extend his present contract, which is reaching its end.
A contract extension is being discussed, but the primary stumbling point is Jesus’ role under Pep Guardiola. The manager wants to keep Jesus, but he also wants to add a new striker this summer, which would further limit Jesus’ role.
After his four-goal haul against Watford at the weekend, Jesus said, “It’s not time to think about this.” “It’s not what you expect me to say, but it’s true.”
“Now is not the time to ponder this. This is the greatest time of the year. I want to have fun, stay focused on my squad, and battle for the Premier League alongside my teammates. I won it three times with my teams.
“And I know how that feels, and I’d like to experience it again.” Then there’s the challenging game against Real Madrid [in the Champions League] on Tuesday, which is my main focus.”
Jesus went on to concede that he wanted more playing time, but he refused to portray this as an issue, instead claiming that it is an indication that he is at a great club like City.
“It’s not just me that wants more minutes; it’s all the players,” he says “Jesus remarked. “If you ask, everyone will reply, “I want to play,” and I believe I played a lot during my first season here.
“Of course, I know what I anticipate, but I also know that we have very talented players who can play every game, and it’s not only me, it’s Riyad [Mahrez], Raz [Sterling], and [Jack] Grealish, who enters this season to see how things are here.” We have a lot of talented attackers, wingers, and forwards on our roster.”
Arsenal has expressed interest in Jesus, but the 25-year-old is open to departing England in pursuit of new challenges, with Barcelona, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid all expressing interest.