Joao Cancelo says he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of moving back to Manchester City at the end of the season.
The Portuguese international is out on loan at Bayern Munich, with the German champions having the option to buy him for €70m (£62m), but the defender says returning to the Etihad is still on the table:
“City’s group is spectacular, it’s the best I’ve ever worked in, both as a group and personally. I created great friendships. A spectacular group, I would go to training with great enthusiasm. Everything in life has an end. But at the end of the season, I might even return, you never know.”
Cancelo is definitely being very careful not to burn any bridges with City, but the fact that he was allowed to leave the Premier League champions midway through the season would suggest that he isn’t part of Pep Guardiola’s plans going forward.
If Bayern opt against triggering their purchase clause then the likeliest outcome is that the 28-year-old will be sold to another team. Chelsea have already been mentioned as a potential suitor, although it’s doubtful that the Citizens would allow him to move to another Premier League club.
You would think that if he does perform well at Bayern, they will do all they can to keep him anyway.