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Man City striker Jesus pens new deal until 2023

Pep Guardiola is a big fan of Brazilian striker Jesus. Credit: PA

Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus has signed a new deal with Manchester City which ties him to the Premier League champions until 2023.

The new deal extends his previous contract by two years.

The 21-year-old joined City in January 2017 and has since scored 24 goals in 53 matches.

He told the club's official website: "I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me.

"I can say that it was the best decision I've made in my life to come to Manchester City because whilst I'm here I'm improving as a professional and as a person."

Jesus added: "Also thanks to the club for being so organised and focused since I arrived.

"(Manager) Pep (Guardiola) had an important role in my signing, but also the club. City is a huge club and it is getting bigger and bigger so I just want to say thanks for everything. I hope that I can keep making the fans happy."

Director of football Txiki Begiristain added: "Gabriel is undoubtedly one of the best young forwards in world football, so to have him commit his future to us is a huge boost.

"There's so much variety in his game. I know how much Pep enjoys working with him and I am really looking forward to watching his development in the coming years."

Jesus was part of the Brazil squad which reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Russia this summer.

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Guardiola reveals Man City striker Jesus is back in training

Jesus hasn't played since new year's eve. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola has revealed Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is back in training after a knee injury.

The Brazil international has been out since the end of December when he picked up knee ligament damage against Crystal Palace.

City boss Guardiola has described the 20-year-old's imminent return as "good news" but Monday's FA Cup fifth-round clash at Wigan could come too soon.

Guardiola said: "Gabriel Jesus will be in training today, I don't know when he'll be ready to play but today will be his first training for the team."

Guardiola also claims he "feels English" having seen a number of Premier League clubs impress in the Champions League.

City hold a 4-0 lead against Basel in their last-16 tie, while Liverpool beat Porto 5-0 and Tottenham drew 2-2 at Juventus in their first-leg clashes in midweek.

Guardiola added: "Being here, I feel English, I feel even more part of this league. It's great news for this country that the Premier League teams are doing so well in Europe."

On the game against 2013 FA Cup winners Wigan, who beat Bournemouth in a third-round replay, Guardiola said: "Of course I am concerned.

"I saw the game against Bournemouth. Bournemouth are one of the teams I like to watch the most in the Premier League and they were able to beat them.

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