Guardiola: Gabriel Jesus needs a rest before playing for Man City

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The 19-year-old Brazilian is in Manchester for the weekend but will fly back to Sao Paulo on Sunday and take some time off before joining City

Pep Guardiola says Gabriel Jesus needs a long rest before he starts his Manchester City career.

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Jesus arrived in Manchester on Thursday for a brief introduction to life in the north west of England having lifted the title with Palmeiras last weekend.

The 19-year-old Brazilian took a tour of City’s training facilities on Friday morning, will meet his future team-mates in the afternoon, and will attend the Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday before flying back to Sao Paulo on Sunday.

He will play his final game for Palmeiras next weekend before starting his City career in January, but no firm date has been put on his arrival and Guardiola says he will need some time off before he returns to Manchester for good.

“He came here to see the CFA for the first time, maybe his team-mates, he’s going to see the game and then after this, he goes back to Brazil for a holiday,” Guardiola said on Friday.

“He has gone nearly three years without a holiday. They played the Olympic games, won the gold medal, and then immediately after he played again with Palmeiras.

“He needs a little bit of time to rest, maybe two weeks, three weeks, one month, I don’t know, we are going to see. He just came to start the contact, to see where he is going to live, where he is going to work, the place, and that's all."

Jesus was taken out for dinner with Guardiola, City sporting director Txiki Begiristain and midfielders Fernando and Fernandinho on Thursday night as part of his induction.

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A picture posted on Twitter by City’s official account showed the youngster drinking Coca-Cola, one of the drinks that Guardiola cut from his players’ diets this summer.

And Guardiola suggests Jesus only chose coke after turning down the offer of a glass of wine.

"I said to him you will not become a good player if you do not drink a glass of wine,” he added. “But he’s 19 years old, so it’s not a problem. The players can drink Coca-Cola, not many, but sometimes.”