Gabriel Jesus, an Arsenal striker, has opened up about the incident that ultimately caused him to leave Manchester City in 2022.
The Brazilian claims that after Premier League champions manager Pep Guardiola made him cry, he took the decision to depart.
Jesus was not included in Guardiola’s starting lineup for a Champions League match against PSG in November 2021.
Speaking to the “Denilson Show” podcast, Jesus said: “There was a Champions League game, PSG, at home, in which he put [Oleksandr] Zinchenko as a false 9. Crazy thing.
“The day before, he didn’t even use [Zinchenko] in training, he had put me in as a striker. Zinchenko even joked with me: ‘that day I felt bad for you.’
“Two hours before the game, there’s a team talk, the team eats, rests for 30 minutes and goes to the game. He told us the team, I didn’t even eat. I went straight to the room, crying, I called my mother to talk: ‘I want to leave.’ I’m going home, because he put [Zinchenko] on, and he didn’t put me on. He put a left-back there. I went crazy.”