The bleary-eyed Manchester City players celebrated winning the Premier League title with an open bus parade in front of thousands of their fans on Monday night, but two men who have been central to their success this season were notably absent.
Raheem Sterling’s substitution as a second-half substitute on Sunday helped save Pep Guardiola’s side against Aston Villa as the champions, from 2-0 down, secured the win that guaranteed their fourth title in five seasons.
The England winger is expected to enter the final year of his contract and, after losing his regular starting position, has been linked with a move this summer, with Barcelona, Arsenal and Tottenham touted as potential targets.
Gabriel Jesus, meanwhile, played an increasingly influential role in the final weeks of the campaign but the 25-year-old intends to leave City this summer as a direct result of Erling Haaland’s impending arrival.
Arsenal are said to be in pole position to sign the Brazil international striker, but Tottenham, who secured Champions League qualification with a 5-0 win over Norwich on Sunday, are said to have started the race to land the former Palmeiras to sign players.
However, despite their importance to the city’s cause, both were unable to attend Monday’s coronation, according to sources The Sun, for “unavoidable family reasons”.
Speaking to the media in Brazil after Sunday’s triumph, Jesus admitted he faces an uncertain future and will take his time over the next few weeks before making a final decision on where to play football next season .
“My future is still uncertain,” Jesus told ESPN Brazil.
“I have a contract with City and have already expressed my wish to the City people and my agent. I have in my head very clearly what I want.
“Today I want to celebrate a lot with City. It’s obvious that I’m very happy here. Tomorrow if all goes well for me, my wife and our family Helena [his daughter] will come into the world.
“So I have to seize this moment. Then think of the team, smile at the team again. And on vacation I decide about my future.”
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