Guardi­ola ready to help home­sick Je­sus

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER - JAMIE JACK­SON

Pep Guardi­ola has said Manch­ester City are ready to help Gabriel Je­sus if the striker finds life difficult now his fam­ily have re­turned to Brazil.

Je­sus’s rel­a­tives had been with him in Eng­land for a short pe­riod, but are home after their visas ex­pired. The 21-year-old ex­pressed his wish that they had re­mained after he scored four times in Wed­nes­day’s 9-0 Carabao Cup semi-fi­nal first leg win over Bur­ton.

Asked about this, Guardi­ola said: “The pri­vate life is the pri­vate life, and if they need some­thing we are there. We are there to help. But, of course, we can­not sub­sti­tute the mother, and when the fam­ily can’t be here it’s difficult.

“They have to han­dle the sit­u­a­tion and of course he is not alone, he has friends. He has in­cred­i­ble re­la­tion­ship with the Brazil­ian guys, like Danilo, Fer­nand­inho, [and the Por­tuguese speaker] Bernardo [Silva], many, many play­ers here. I think it won’t be a prob­lem for the next months.

“But we don’t know the pri­vate lives and the pri­vate lives can af­fect a lot their per­for­mance, shorter to medium time. So any time when you have any prob­lems it can hap­pen. We are go­ing to try and help. In the case of Gabriel, it’s like this. Be­yond that I don’t know what we should do.”

Ser­gio Agüero missed the Bur­ton game be­cause of flu, but is in con­tention for Mon­day’s home game against Wolves. “Yes­ter­day was the first train­ing ses­sion for him,” the man­ager said. “Vin­cent [Kom­pany] is re­cov­er­ing well after the game against Liverpool. I hope they’ll be okay for Mon­day.” – Guardian

Cesc Fabre­gas is rel­ish­ing the chal­lenge of a Ligue 1 rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle after com­plet­ing his re­ported ¤10mil­lion move from Chelsea to Monaco on Fri­day. The 32-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year con­tract to re­unite with his for­mer Arse­nal team-mate Thierry Henry. Fabre­gas tweeted: “Wow. I’m hon­oured to an­nounce that I will be start­ing an ex­cit­ing jour­ney with this won­der­fully his­toric Club.”

Gabriel Je­sus: fam­ily has re­turned to Brazil after their visas ex­pired

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