Joao Cancelo, who has been incredible for Manchester City this season has committed his long-term future at the Etihad, penning down a new contract with the defending champions. The Portuguese full-back’s deal was set to expire in 2025, but now Cancelo has signed a two-year extension with the Skyblues.
The former Juventus man, who joined the Cityzens for a record £60 million transfer fee has featured in the blues 106 times ever since he arrived at the Etihad in 2019. Cancelo has been part of three major trophies winning set-ups in as many years. The 27-year-old has 3 goals and 5 assists in 27 appearances across all competitions this season.
After penning down the new contract, Joao Cancelo stated
"“Manchester City is a fantastic club, so I am incredibly happy to have signed this new agreement.“There is nowhere better to play football and it’s pleasure to work here. I have so much I want to achieve before my career ends, and Manchester City offers me the best chance of fulfilling my ambitions.“This new contract means I now have complete focus on improving my game and winning more trophies with this team.“It makes all sense to extend my contract. My first season was tough, but in my second and third seasons, both the team and I have done things well. I think from all the clubs I played, this is the club that I have improved the most as a player."
Source: The Mirror.
The Portuguese full-back has lit up the Premier League this season with outstanding performances week in and week out. The left-back position has always been the Achilles heel for Pep Guardiola and the 27-year-old has put his versatility to tremendous use.
The former Bayern Munich boss hasn’t had a constant left-back in his five and half year tenure at the Etihad but has finally found the solution in Cancelo, who has made the defensive left flank position his own, establishing himself as arguably the best full-back in the Premier League this season.
The 27-year-old is certainly a dream for any manager given his ability to play on either side of the defensive flanks.
Manchester City have been in the market lately in pursuit of a left-back with their ideology of shifting the Portuguese international to a right-back position permanently. This move does make sense with Kyle Walker becoming injury-prone off late and approaching his 32nd birthday which doesn’t help his cause either.
Cancelo has been an integral part of City’s backline which has been a force to be reckoned with. This new contract extension was looking imminent especially given the left-back’s red hot form this season.