January 31 News The earliest exclusive report on Cancelo joining Bayern The Athletic UK
Manchester City revealed the inside story of the Cancelo incident with Sam Lee and Pol Ballus.
What led to Cancelo’s shocking departure, and City’s reluctance to sign a replacement, was a series of smaller incidents and a general pattern of behavior that City believed to be damaging to the team following his return from the World Cup.
Cancelo was benched for Friday night’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal – the final straw that crushed Guardiola’s decision.
Chelsea away, January 5 — ‘Cancelo was furious’
The heart of the matter is that Cancelo makes no secret of his negativity when he doesn’t get his chance.
In fact, after a few months at Manchester City, he planned to go to Barcelona due to lack of playing time, but in the end he stayed.
A year later, at the end of the 2020-21 season, he, like a number of other players, showed displeasure at being left out of the starting XI, drawing the ire of Guardiola.
Cancelo lost his place in the Champions League semi-final second leg and final, and his feelings are palpable.
For Cancelo, who spoke to several of his former managers and others who followed his career after he joined City in 2019, the result was not entirely unexpected.
He has been known to be “like a volcano” for some time, according to a source close to City.
The source, like others in this article, wished to remain anonymous to protect his position.
Even those close to him wouldn’t deny that he wasn’t happy coming off the bench, and he was outspoken.
The Portuguese came back from the World Cup frustrated because he wasn’t given enough chances.
During the World Cup, Portuguese newspaper Record published an article titled “A sense of injustice plagues Cancelo”, recounting that when he was on the bench in the round of 16 game against Switzerland, “frustration was written all over the place”.
Like other City players such as Kyle Walker and Phil Foden, Cancelo has slowly returned to the starting XI since his return from Qatar.
All three started at Stamford Bridge on January 5, but Walker and Cancelo were substituted at half-time.
But Cancelo was furious.
Teammates tried to calm him down in the locker room, but in the end, that game was where it all fell apart.
Another source close to the team said: “When he’s in a good mood, he’s great. When he’s in a bad mood, he’s a bad boy. He thinks he’s the best and doesn’t accept any.
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Sources close to Cancelo have pointed out that he is a good man with a good heart and many of his team-mates have confirmed this.