Gabriel Jesus has stated his aims and ambitions following his £27million move from Palmeiras to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
The 19-year-old forward arrived in Manchester at the beginning of January and he will now be hoping to stake a claim for a regular spot in Guardiola’s first-team squad after adapting to life in England.
Jesus appears focused on making an instant impression at his new side as he took to social media to outlay his plans.
The Brazil international said on Instagram: ‘I’m going to be one of the favelados (translates to slums-dweller) that will conquer the world, I’ll be my mother’s cause for so much pride.’
Jesus makes reference to the fact that he grew up in the Sao Paulo favelas before making his name in Brazilian football.
The teenager, who has scored four goals in six games for his country, netted 28 in 83 appearances for Palmeiras before deciding to leave his homeland.
Guardiola said ahead of City’s 5-0 FA Cup win over West Ham: ‘He was three weeks or one month off on holidays but he played two friendly games. He rested, he needed that [after his season in Brazil].
‘He has made two training sessions – this afternoon he will make his first training session with the team.
‘We are delighted he is here and what we are looking for is for him to settle as soon as possible. Try to help him to be happy here. To have a good connection with his team-mates. The process to understand and play in the league needs time.
‘Hopefully he can do what he is with the national team of Brazil, his old club, playing in front and help us to score the goals which is his big value.’