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[OPINION] Manchester City's Left Back Cancelo Is The Best In His Position

On February 1, Manchester City performed probably their finest bit of business of the season, yet no players arrived or left the Etihad Stadium. City confirmed the signing of Joao Cancelo to a new five-year deal the morning following the transfer deadline, ensuring his services until 2027. The full-last back's contract was supposed to expire in three and a half years, but his rise as a crucial component in Pep Guardiola's team persuaded the Blues to extend it.

Joao Cancelo signs bumper Man City contract with defender set to stay until  2027 - Mirror Online

The new contract completes Cancelo's extraordinary reversal in fortunes over the previous 18 months. Cancelo joined City from Juventus in the summer of 2019 for £60 million, as part of a transaction that also saw Danilo depart for £34.1 million. During a pandemic-hit first season, however, the Portugal star failed to adjust in, and by the summer of 2020, he was ready to go.

Joao Cancelo signs contract extension at Man City

He stayed in Manchester when his transfer elsewhere fell through, and by the second part of the 2020/21 season, he had established himself as a regular starter at both right and left defender. He's been outstanding at left-back this season, scoring three goals and assisting eight times in 30 appearances across all competitions. Cancelo was candid about his recent success in sky blue when speaking to CityTV after signing his new contract.

Cancelo admits he was 'not happy' leaving Juventus for Manchester City -  Football Italia

"I think this is the place where I've improved the most out of all the clubs I've gone to," he remarked. What is the explanation behind this? Guardiola. He went on to say, "I think he [Guardiola] is a genius, the finest manager in the world, and he makes every player improve."

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