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“Lies were told” Joao Cancelo hits back at ungrateful Manchester City

Portuguese international Joao Cancelo who currently plays as a full back for La Liga giants Barcelona, on loan from Manchester City

Joao Cancelo has accused Manchester City of being “ungrateful” and hit back at criticism of his attitude.

The Portugal full-back is currently on loan at Barcelona having spent the second half of last season on loan at Bayern Munich.

City are expected to try to offload Cancelo permanently this summer with Barcelona hoping to secure a cut-price deal. Arsenal have also been linked with the player.

Pep Guardiola instructed City to offload Cancelo after being unimpressed with the way the 29-year-old reacted to falling out of favour during the club’s Treble winning season.

Cancelo played an integral role in City’s back-to-back title successes in 2021 and 2022 but subsequently lost his place and was loaned to Bayern in January last year amid complaints about his behaviour having been dropped.

But Cancelo has dismissed suggestions he was a bad team-mate in an interview with Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

“Lies were told. I was never a bad companion for them and you can ask either [Nathan] Ake or Rico [Lewis], he said.

“I think Manchester City were a bit ungrateful to me when they said that, because I was a very important player in the years I was there.

“I never failed in my commitment to the club, to the fans, I always gave everything.”

Cancelo said the best example of that came when he played in a Premier League game away to Arsenal – despite being attacked only 36 hours earlier when intruders broke into his family home and left him with facial injuries.

“I remember a time when I was jumped and attacked and the next day I was playing at the Emirates against Arsenal,” he said.

“These are things you don’t forget, I left my wife and daughter alone at home, terrified.

“People will only remember this because Mister Guardiola is much more powerful than me when he says something and I prefer to keep it to myself.”

Cancelo insists he always maintained the highest levels of professionalism.

“I prefer to know that I am telling the truth, I feel fulfilled with what I did,” he said.

“I am a transparent person, I never lie. Life goes on and I wish it all goes well, because while I was there I enjoyed my football and the team.”

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