City's Joao Cancelo wishes to play again for Benfica before retiring

Tue 25 May 2021 | 15:44

After being a lifetime fan of the Primeira Liga side, the full-back has revealed that he would like to return to Estadio da Luz for another stint.

Joao Cancelo of Manchester City has expressed his intention to return to Benfica before retiring, admitting,

"I am a Benfiquista at heart


Cancelo started his career at Benfica in 2012, but after a promising loan spell with Valencia, he was snapped up for €15 million (£13 million/$18 million) three years later with only one senior appearance to his credit.

After joining Juventus in 2018, the Portuguese full-back won the

Serie A

in his first season in Turin before transferring to City, where he has since established himself as one of Europe's best full-backs. 

Cancelo has already helped Pep Guardiola's team win the

Premier League

and the Carabao Cup this season, and he might yet add the

Champions League

to his resume, but he has no plans to retire at Etihad Stadium. 

The 26-year-old hopes to return to Estadio da Luz at some time in the future, as he told 

Gazzetta Dello Sport


"I would like to finish at Benfica. It is the team where I started to get serious and the club that I have always supported.

"I am a Benfiquista at heart. One day I hope to wear that shirt again. For now, I enjoy Manchester City."

Cancelo went on to praise Guardiola's leadership style, praising his thorough approach to preparation and revealing how he expects 100 percent effort from all of his players. 

"Guardiola is a perfectionist, sophisticated in his attention to detail. He is a continuous source of information for the players," said the Portugal international.

"Working with him means improving day by day. He is a continuous stimulus, he has inexhaustible energy and you must always give your best to keep up with his pace, but the results reward the efforts of each of us."

When City takes on Chelsea in Saturday's all-English final, they'll be aiming for their first Champions League title, and Cancelo is expecting another stern test against a squad that has defeated Guardiola's side in consecutive domestic games. 

He is excited to return to Portugal for the showpiece, which will be held at

Estadio do Dragao

, but he maintains he will not be content with anything other than a win.

"Playing the Champions League final in Portugal is a milestone that fills me with pride, but at this point, it is not enough," said Cancelo. "You take to the pitch and you have to win. 

"With Chelsea it will be a splendid challenge. I imagine there is balance, there will be struggle and suffering."


source: SportMob