Joao Cancelo dismisses Pep Guardiola fallout 'lie' & opens door to Man City return - but he's also flattered by Real Madrid transfer links

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Joan Cancelo has opened the door to a return to Manchester City in the summer while dismissing talk of a fallout with Pep Guardiola as a "lie".
  • Cancelo has been loaned to Bayern
  • Denies falling out with Guardiola
  • Pleased to hear of Real Madrid interest

WHAT HAPPENED? Bayern Munich signed Cancelo on loan in January with a reported €70 million (£62m/$76m) buy option amid speculation the Portugal international had fallen out with Pep Guardiola. However, the 28-year-old has played down talk of a bust-up with the City boss and has not ruled out returning to the club at the end of the season with his loan expires.

WHAT THEY SAID: "People who say that I fought with Guardiola is a lie. I didn't feel important in the team in the last games. I spoke with the coach and he also agreed. And together with the club we decided that I had to leave, that it was the best for me," Cancelo explained to Movistar Plus after Bayern's round of 16 Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain. "I like the new opportunities, it's not against City. I think that at City he has taken the step to the level he wanted to reach, that's where I became the player I am today. I am grateful to both Pep and the club because they gave me everything. My daughter was born in Manchester and it's a club I'll never forget. And who knows, in football you never know and at the end of the year I can return."

AND WHAT'S MORE: Real Madrid were reportedly also offered the chance to sign Cancelo but turned the full-back down after deciding not to spend in January. The full-back says he did not hear from Los Blancos but is flattered the Spanish giants may be interested in his services.

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“I did not receive the offer. The truth is that no, but if they say it... I don't know," he added. "If a club like Madrid is behind me, it's a pleasure for me because it's one of the best clubs in the world. I think it's a sign that I'm doing things right."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Cancelo's move to Bayern came as something of a shock and it's not clear yet where he will play his football next season. Bayern have confirmed they have held talks with City regarding a permanent move, while the Premier League champions have been linked with a summer move for Ben Chilwell as they do not expect Cancelo to return.

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WHAT NEXT FOR CANCELO? The Portugal international will return to action with Bayern on Saturday in the Bundesliga against Borussia Monchengladbach.

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