‘It’s going better than I expected!’ – Gabriel Jesus surprised by Manchester City start

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The Brazilian youngster was on target against West Ham in his club's last league outing and is pleased with how he has settled

Gabriel Jesus has said that he is surprised by how quickly he has settled into life at Manchester City.

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The 19-year-old international moved to the Etihad Stadium from Palmeiras last month and has already found the net for his new side. It has been a dream start – one that has gone better than he could have hoped.

“I have to say it's going much better than I expected,” he said. “When I spoke to some players that had already played in the Premier League, they said it was going to be very difficult but I put in my head that by working hard, you can achieve your goals. 

“That's what I did and what I always do. I came, I worked hard every day and tried to make my day matter. That makes me really happy. I am a bit surprised about my beginning here, but for the work I have done that's what I expected.

“Everything is going perfectly. The welcome of the club, the welcome of the fans... I can tell our fans are really cheerful, happy – always supporting us. That's very important.”

He has also revealed that manager Pep Guardiola had an “important” influence on his decision to move to England.

“When I took the decision to join City, Pep Guardiola's call was very important. He called me, spoke to me about the project and explained that I was going to be an important part of it,” he said.

“He's crazy about football, like me. Twenty-four hours a day! When I'm not training or playing, I'm watching football or watching something football related on my phone, or about our next rival.

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“We have that thing in common. I play football video games too. He's a good guy. For the short time I've been here I've realised he's a really good guy. He deserves everything he has won in his career.

“He showed his interest in having me here – that I was going to come here to help; that he was counting on me. I was very happy and that was when I decided to join Manchester City.”

Jesus will hope to be involved when City tackle Swansea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

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