Pep Guardiola is known for imposing strict rules on his players – and it appears new signing Gabriel Jesus is not exempt after revealing he has not been allowed to drink Coca Cola.
Forward Jesus signed for City in a £27million deal from Palmerias in the summer – and he will join in January after helping the latter to win their win the Brazilian league title for the first time in 22 years.
Now the Brazilian season is over, the 19-year-old made a visit to his new club last week where he enjoyed a a meal with his new manager, City director of football Txiki Begiristain and the club’s Brazilian midfielders Fernando and Fernandinho.
Like a good footballer trying to impress his boss, Jesus abstained from alcohol and opted for a Coke, despite the Manchester restaurant being adorned with a range of vintage alcohol in cabinets.
However, the forward, who broke through last year in South America, has revealed that his choice of drink will have to change under Guardiola’s reign.
He told Spanish publication Sport: “He told me I cannot drink Coca Cola” – meaning that sugary bottle could be one of the last he drinks while a City player.
It is not the first thing Guardiola has banned – having outlawed sex after midnight, pizza, breakfast, fruit juice, wifi at the training ground – and allegedly even daft haircuts.
Before heading back to his home city of Sao Paolo, he was introduced to his new team-mates while taking a tour of City’s training ground – and watched their 3-1 defeat by Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League last weekend.
A switch to England for a 19-year-old from Brazil might be difficult, but Jesus also revealed he is taking a number of family members with him to help him settle – although he admits he wanted to have more.
He told ESPN: “If I could, I’d take all the ones who are with me since my growth. I’m much connected to my neighbourhood, Jardim Peri, every time I’m having a day off at home, I go there.
“If I could, I’d take the entire neighbourhood there, and would make a Jardim Peri in England. It’s a place where I have peace.
“I’m going with my mum, my brother and taking two friends who are always with me, played football with me when I was small. I hope they help me a lot there.”
Jesus has not yet got a shirt number at City, but says he wants No 33 – the same one he wore at Palmeiras.
He added: “I had told them it’s hard without the 33. I want this number because I used it since I was promoted at Palmeiras.”