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Cancelo credits Man City with elevating his performances

Joao Cancelo is glad to stay at Manchester City since the club has helped him improve his game.

Cancelo signed a two-year contract extension with City on Tuesday, according to the club.

Cancelo joined Juventus in 2019, but the Portugal international failed to find a regular place in City’s lineup at first.

However, he is undoubtedly one of the first names on the team sheet.

Pep Guardiola moved him to left-back last season, giving City’s offensive play an even more dangerous dimension.

Cancelo has the freedom to wander inside from the wing while yet being able to play at right-back.

He adds more numbers to City’s midfield, with his passing range and eye for a blistering long-range helpful shot from central positions.

Cancelo told the club’s official website.

“It makes all the sense to extend my contract with Manchester City.

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“I have learned how to become a more versatile player. And I can play in different positions now, not only right-back or left-back.

“I feel I can play in several positions on the pitch, and I think [it] is easier in this team because of the quality all the players have. It’s easier to play in this team than in any other team.”

Cancelo conceded that it was not all plain sailing, with the 27-year-old revealing he initially regretted his decision to leave Juve for City.

“In my first months, I wasn’t pleased about my decision to join City,” he explained.

“I came from a club that I also like a lot, Juventus.

“So I spoke to my girlfriend, and we agreed that I had to make the best out of myself to play.

“As of December [2019], January [2020] onwards, I started playing regularly, so that makes a player happier.

“We players always want to play.”


Cancelo stats:

Cancelo made 33 appearances in all competitions in his first season at City, with that figure rising to 43 in 2020-21.

He already has eight assists to his name in 2021-22 and has scored three goals.

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While also helping City keep 12 clean sheets across the 30 matches he has featured.

Cancelo has created 87 chances in the Premier League since making his debut.

It ranks Cancelo eighth in terms of defenders, with Trent Alexander-Arnold (211) leading the way.

Among City players, only De Bruyne has played more passes or crosses into the box than Cancelo in the League.

The Belgium playmaker is also the sole City teammate to register more successful crosses from open play.

Cancelo ranks second in City’s squad for tackles (151) and tackles won (92) and duels won (384), behind Rodri in every category.

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