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Man City plan to reward 23-year-old star with bumper £150,000-a-week deal – A sensible move?

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Why Manchester City handing Gabriel Jesus a new contract would be sensible

According to Daily Star, Manchester City could be offering Gabriel Jesus a new and improved contract. This new deal would double his current weekly wages and would amount to around £150,000 per week. City are planning to offer contracts to their superstars to secure their futures.

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Born in Brazil, Jesus flourished through the ranks of Palmeiras’ youth system. In his final season with the South American outfit, he scored 16 goals and was named the best player in the Brazilian League. His impressive performances earned him a move to Manchester City in January 2017.

Though he initially struggled for game time at Etihad, Jesus has grown to become a key figure of the squad. Despite playing a secondary role to Sergio Aguero, the Brazilian has been at the top of his game. He has helped the English outfit lift several trophies, including two league titles and one FA Cup title.

Gabriel Jesus has won two Premier League titles with Manchester City (Getty Images)
Gabriel Jesus has won two Premier League titles with Manchester City (Getty Images)

At 23, he has already been capped 39 times by Brazil and played a key role in Brazil’s Copa America-winning campaign in 2019. He has made 157 appearances for City so far, scoring an impressive 71 goals and 30 assists.

It is important to secure Jesus’ future

Gabrel Jesus was brought in with the idea that he would work in tandem with Aguero and ultimately succeed the Argentine to take his place in the future. While Jesus did start well and had some good campaigns, many still believe that he is not ready to take over from Aguero.

It’s true he may not be the big match player like Aguero is, but we need to remember that he is just 23 and even Aguero did not get there until he had a good few seasons of European football under his belt. Criticizing the Brazilian is rather unfair because he actually has some really good numbers in front of goal.

Gabriel Jesus (L) in action against Real Madrid in the Champions League (Getty Images)
Gabriel Jesus (L) in action against Real Madrid in the Champions League (Getty Images)

Yes, it feels like he needs to mature a bit more but that will come with age and experience. Jesus has done more than what can be expected out of 20-year-olds at top clubs. One needs to remember this was his first European stint outside of Brazil and he was drafted into a team of superstars.

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Gabriel Jesus is the future of Manchester City’s attack. In a couple of years time, he is likely to develop into one of the best South American forwards in Europe. It was very important that City rewarded him for his contributions and bumped up his wages with the new contract.

Written by Sourav Ghosh

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