Gary Neville is happy to see Joao Cancelo excel at Manchester City.
Neville knew Cancelo during his brief spell in charge of Valencia in 2015-16 and made his move to the Etihad in 2019 from Juventus.
He has quickly established himself as a key player in Guardiola’s squad who has been performing tremendously well both in attack and defence.
“I made calls back to England and you can imagine to which club at the time… saying if you’re ever going to take a player, that’s a young player you take,” the 46-year-old told legendary commentator Martin Tyler on the Gary Neville Podcast.
“[I had] Not any doubt whatsoever about what this player was. He’s an athletic machine, he is a brilliant runner. He’s a beautiful runner with the ball. He’s a tough kid, as well, he’s strong and he’s brave. He impacts the game in defence and in attack.”
“He’s delivering on what I thought he would. You see players sometimes and they don’t realise their potential, he is realising his potential. I couldn’t be happier for him as a person, because I know how tough it was in Valencia at the time when he was there, when I was there.”