Joao Cancelo leaves Manchester City to join Bayern Munich on loan

The Portuguese full-back has fallen out of favour at the Etihad and joins Bundesliga leaders Bayern until the end of the season.

By Callum Rice-Coates Published: 31 January 2023 - 12.53pm
Joao Cancelo

Joao Cancelo has left Manchester City to join Bayern Munich on loan until the end of the season.

The Bundesliga champions will have the option to buy the full-back for €70m in the summer.

Cancelo has fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola and was reportedly frustrated at his lack of gametime in recent weeks, with the likes of Rico Lewis and Nathan Ake preferred at full-back.

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The Portugal international had previously established himself as a key player for City after joining the club from Juventus in 2019.

His ability to operate as an inverted full-back appeared to make him a favourite of Guardiola’s, but Cancelo has not started a game since the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in mid-January.

“Bayern is a great club, one of the best in the world, and it's enormous motivation for me to now play alongside these extraordinary players in a team,” Cancelo said.

“I know that this club, this team lives for titles and wins titles every year. I'm also driven by the hunger for success. I'll give my best for Bayern.”

Joao Cancelo

Bayern Munich board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic said: “We're very happy that Joao Cancelo will now play for Bayern. We've signed him on loan now and have the possibility of signing him permanently in the summer.

“Joao is a player we've been thinking about for a while now because we very much appreciate his qualities. He's the optimal fit in our system with his attacking style of play and dynamism, and his mentality and experience fit very well in our team.

“I'm convinced Joao will help us in the coming weeks and months where we want to win titles.”

New Bayern man Cancelo could feature against Man City in the Champions League with both clubs expected to reach the latter stages of the competition, which returns live on BT Sport in February.