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Jesus eager for more game time

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is growing wary of his limited playing opportunities at the club after spending almost three years as a back-up to Sergio Aguero.

The 22-year-old Brazilian started just thrice in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side this season but was still able to bag three goals thus far.

And having joined Manchester City in January 2017, Jesus believes that the time has come for him to cement his place in the starting lineup, but admits that replacing Aguero will be no small feat.

“I’m over the ‘I have to wait’ phase. I’ve been here for almost three years, it’s my fourth season, and that makes me want to play more,” Jesus told Brazil TV station Esporte Interativo.

“Obviously it’s very hard to compete for a place with Aguero, the biggest legend of this club…I do understand Pep’s decisions and respect Sergio, his history here and what he’s doing now.

“Personally, last season was very hard. I didn’t get the chance to play in many games and many important games. I remember the Tottenham match at home in the Champions League. I was very frustrated about not playing and, of course, City being knocked out.

“It does hurt when you don’t get chances in important games so I was disappointed at the end of last season. I think that’s normal and I’ve never been unprofessional about it. I was very upset but I did understand. I kept my mind in the right place and finished the season playing a [FA Cup] final and scoring twice.

“During my holidays I could see ahead and project this season differently. I’ve played six games so far, playing well and scoring goals. That’s my focus, I don’t want to steal anyone’s spot in the first team. Things happen naturally.”

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