Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus will now be getting an improved contract nine months after signing with them for £27 million from Palmeiras.
This is in recognition of his outstanding play at the Etihad which saw him as one of the deadliest strikers in the Premier League.
However, Pep Guardiola still insists that while he is proving to be a serious threat to Sergio Aguero’s position, he still has much to improve if he wants to be considered as one of the best in the world one day.
The new contract will be done next month and Jesus is expected to see a significant pay raise to his £70,000-a-week salary.
“Even with the top striker that he is – he’s the No9 for Brazil – and I promise you that is not easy,” Guardiola said.
“I think he has a lot of gaps to improve.
“There are a lot of things he can be better at in the future because he is young enough.
“I am excited to try to help him to do that. Especially the simple things that he can improve to become a better player.”
Jesus has already scored five goals in seven appearances this season.
It could also be seen that Jesus is vital in Guardiola’s plans as the striker’s attack is crucial to their games. “Gabriel helped us a lot when he arrived, we missed him a lot,” said Guardiola. “We must not forget last season.
“He arrived in January and his impact was ‘wow’ outstanding.
“But after three or four games he was injured for three months.
“We missed him because of our lack of goals last season.
“Maybe with him, it would have been a little bit different.