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Gabriel Jesus exit possible as Haaland to City rumours grow

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus said it is not the right time to discuss his future at the club amid speculation that the Brazil international could leave at the end of the season.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad Stadium on April 23, 2022 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMAGetty

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus wants to solely focus on this season amid ongoing speculation surrounding his future and the possible arrival of Erling Haaland.

Jesus’ contract does not expire until June 2023, but there are suggestions he could make way for the in-demand Haaland to sign from Borussia Dortmund.

Pep Guardiola’s reigning Premier League champions have repeatedly been linked with Norway striker Haaland, with a €75 million release clause reportedly coming into play at the end of the season.

Asked if he would stay at City and fight for his place if another forward arrived, Jesus said, “It’s not time to think about this. You expect me to say this, but it’s true.

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus
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Manchester City's Gabriel JesusRich Linley - CameraSportGetty

Keeping focused

“Now is the best moment of the season. I want to enjoy, to keep focused on my team, with my team mates, to fight for the Premier League.”

Jesus scored four goals in City’s 5-1 thrashing of Watford at the weekend and he said his focus was helping his side clinch the Premier League title.

“I won it with my team mates three times and I know how that feels and I want to have that feeling again,” he added. “And then, of course, we also have the tough game on Tuesday against Real Madrid (in the Champions League) and that is my focus.”

City hold a one-point lead over Liverpool with five matches left.