Gary Neville gives João Cancelo take after managing him at Valencia


Blaise Bourgeois

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Manchester United legend and current Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes João Cancelo will fit in perfectly at Manchester City.

Neville managed the Portugal international at Valencia during the 2015-16 season and explained how the 25-year-old will thrive in Pep Guardiola’s system better than if he had went elsewhere.

“I absolutely love him to bits. To be fair, when I was at Valencia I wanted United to sign him, at the time they could have got him for £25m and he went to Inter Milan,” Neville told Sky Bet’s Big Premier League Debate.

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“Cancelo is perfect for City. He’s a winger, a goalscorer, assist maker, he’s a right-back! You’re going to lose a bit defensively in terms of a back four because he’ll never be there, I promise you that.

“The coach before and after played him at right winger. I always played Cancelo, I absolutely loved him – his professionalism, his enthusiasm for the game, he’s really intense, trains like you wouldn’t believe.

“He’s a brilliant signing for City. He probably wouldn’t do as well at other clubs with more of a rigid back four but for City he will be phenomenal.”

It’s believed that Cancelo is still not match-fit and if he is to make his debut against Spurs this weekend, he will do so coming off the bench.