The Portuguese fullback has gone out on loan to Bayern Munich until the end of the season
Pep Guardiola has opened up about Joao Cancelo’s departure, claiming that Manchester City can cope with his loss for the rest of the season.
Cancelo, who was a big part of Manchester City squad, has surprisingly been allowed to leave on the last days of the transfer window. Many suspect that there was a falling out between Guardiola and Cancelo, which made Man City get rid of him quickly.
“First, I wish him the very best in his four months [at Bayern]. Next season I don’t know what happens,” said Guardiola.
“An incredible figure in the last two 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, so we decide to let him go to Munich.
“He wants to play every single game and hopefully he can in Munich.
“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.”
In regards to replacing Cancelo, the Spanish tactician was more relaxed about the situation, saying that they could wait until the end of the season.
“We talked, but took three minutes. I said do you have something, [director of football] Txiki [Begiristain] said no. I said wait.
“We could go to the market and pay huge amount of money. I prefer a few months until the end of the season. We can do it without. In the summer we see.
“We can handle the situation in all departments. I trust the players.
“If I had the feeling, I’d say to my bosses we should do this. With [Manuel] Akanji, I said we should have another central defender. Nathan was injured, Ruben [Dias] too, John. We had this opportunity. In this case completely different.”