Joao Cancelo hits out at ‘ungrateful’ Man City and claims ‘lies were told’

Joao Cancelo has accused Manchester City of being “ungrateful” and claimed “lies were told” about his exit from the club.

The Portugal full-back is currently on a season-long loan at Barcelona after a spell at Bayern Munich in the second half of last term.

Cancelo had been a key part of manager Pep Guardiola’s squad until shortly before his unexpected, deadline-day departure for Germany in January 2023.

Joao Cancelo (left) plays against Manchester City for Bayern Munich
Cancelo (left) played against parent club City last season after joining Bayern (Adam Davy/PA)

The 29-year-old told Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola: “Lies were told. I was never a bad companion for them and you can ask either Ake or Rico. I don’t have any superiority or inferiority complex towards them.

“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, who joined City in a £60million move from Juventus in 2019, won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2021 and 2022.

Joao Cancelo (right)
Cancelo played for City at Arsenal despite being injured in an attack at his home (John Walton/PA)

He said: “I remember a time when I was robbed and attacked and the next day I was playing at the Emirates against Arsenal.

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

“People will only remember this because Mr Guardiola has much more strength than me when he says something, and I prefer to keep to myself.”

City have been contacted for comment by the PA news agency.

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