‘Attitude & behaviour’ – Why Pep Guardiola gave up on Barcelona’s João Cancelo

An insight into the reasoning behind Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola’s decision to allow João Cancelo to depart on a pair of separate loans has today been provided.

Full-back Cancelo, of course, secured a return to Spain last summer.

After spending the 2nd-half of the prior campaign plying his trade in Germany with Bayern Munich, the Portuguese was afforded a 2nd successive loan exit by the Man City brass.

On this occasion, he linked up with Barcelona, with the 29-year-old, all told, having made a positive impression across his stint in Catalunya to date.

And yet, if the latest word doing the rounds in the media is anything to go by, the Blaugrana brass should be wary of a potential shift in attitude on Cancelo’s part, at any given moment.

That’s according to journalist Lu Martín, who, speaking with Cadena Ser today, provided an insight into precisely why the defender fell out of favour with Pep Guardiola in Manchester.

“We have explained it several times,” Martín began. ”It is a problem of attitude and behaviour. If there is something that Pep cannot stand, it is bad behaviour and being overweight. Cancelo’s behaviour was not right, although as a footballer he has tremendous quality. The same thing happened to him at Valencia. From there he didn’t leave because he played badly, he left because even God couldn’t stand him.

“At Barca, while he plays there is no problem, but the day he stops, his character will come out. As long as he doesn’t have competition, that won’t happen, but at Man City it was different; there was a lot of quality there.”

Conor Laird | GSFN

More European Football News